I didn’t go to preschool as a kid. Maybe that just a 20th century thing (wow, that makes me sound old), or maybe my experience just wasn’t the norm.
My dad was a teacher, and my mom was a librarian. They made sure my sister and I had plenty of educational experiences outside of the classroom. As a matter of fact, I excelled in grade school, despite my lack of a preschool education.
Today it seems like that’s not really an option. Your kid goes to preschool. Period. Or it’s assumed that child will be left behind.
My daughter is a year and a half now, and I’m already feeling pressure to figure out where she’ll go and why and when. There are so many choices: co-op, Montessori, Waldorf, nature-based, alternative language, and the list goes on.
At the end of the month there’s a co-op lottery that I’m planning to attend. Then Szaba will at least be “on a list” for next fall, just in case. I’m told people get to this thing at 5:00am. The doors open at 10:00am, and then you get a lottery ticket. When you’re number is called, you enter a gymnasium, run to the school table of your choice, and try to make the cut. I’m picturing something akin to the the running of the bulls meets The Hunger Games.
Tell me from your personal experience: What preschool styles do you like and dislike, and why? How do you think your kids have been affected by the preschool choices you made? Is it really that important? What am I missing here that I need to know?
What IS the deal with preschool?