Nick went to preschool. I went to preschool, and it turns out we did just fine. I am well aware of how different society is now than it was around 27 years ago, but for our family we have decided to put Calvin in preschool. You can read about our first initial trial with preschool HERE. We ended up keeping him home this previous year but are all ready for this new adventure.
Each family makes decisions based on what works best for them and for their children. Our kids are super social and love being around people. Calvin asks me when he can see his "friends" on a daily basis, and I can't help but want the same for him. He is almost four (in a few weeks) and still has two more years to go until kindergarten, and preschool in Southern California is a huge financial investment, For us though, sending him to school part-time is going to be worthwhile for him, even though it's quite a sacrifice for us. Thankfully, Nick has two sisters who have selected different educational paths for their children: one sends her son to school and the other home-schools. Having family members who are on both sides of the coin helps me feel confident that I will have the support we need for the years to come, no matter what we decide for our children.
Calvin is very impressionable and loves imagination, adventure, science, make-believe, and just plain fun. The school he will be going to is really going to help him continue to explore some of his favorite hobbies, all the while learning a few things here and there.
Before deciding on preschool, I wanted to find some other moms or groups that I could do "school" with, but that was to no avail. I also have never really had an interest in homeschooling. Once both boys are back in school I hope to go back to work in some capacity. Possibly working wherever they attend, finding a company I am passionate about, or whatever other avenue God opens up for me. Nick and I are not naive to the fact that both public and private school is never going to be a substitute for our parenting in the home. We will have to use wisdom and good judgment on a lot matters regarding their education and influences, but for now we have total peace about preschool being the next big chapter in Calvin's life.
Max and I are about to have some much needed one-on-one time, come September. I hope to find something that we can do that is special between he and I. Calvin will not stop talking about how many friends he plans on making and he asks us thrice daily how much we will miss him when he's gone (for less than 4 hours only twice a week). I hope he comes home with a smile ear to ear and that as a family we meet a whole new community of people to do life together with. The school he will attend is not part of our denomination and we only know one or two other families there, so we are excited to meet new people. Whether you home-school or send your kids to school, I support you as I hope you will support me.
My kids continue to grow up right before my eyes and one thing is for sure: one of us will be bawling our eyes out in a few weeks; and it won't be Calvin.
Is anyone else starting school in September? Do you home-school or send your child to school? What is the hardest part of watching your baby grow up?