My daughter demonstrated just how enthusiastic she is for the idea when we toured the facilities I was considering. At each one she ran in to her peer group classroom and jumped in with whatever activity they were focused on. She and the other kids gave each other hugs. They were instant friends.
There was not so much as a glance back in my direction to see if I was still there. I could have easily left her there without a fuss. Which did not make me sad. On the contrary, it filled me with joy. I'm so happy we will be able to provide her with this opportunity.
DD is bright and incredibly eager to learn. We believe she is ready for a structured learning environment (as much as there is at this level anyway). Of even greater benefit will be the socialization aspect. As an only child, it is vital that we provide those opportunities for her. She will never have siblings to learn from, or teach as the case would most likely be.
Up to this point the majority of her play dates have been one-on-one interactions, often with younger children who defer to her. The class we attend at the baby gym has been more about physical activity and development than socialization. It will be good for her to be in a group of her peers, where she will need to learn cooperation and communication skills not yet fully developed (as if they ever are in toddlers).
As a parent, you constantly have to be evaluating what is best for your child. It is not about what the books/experts say s/he should or should not be doing at a specific stage. It is about trusting your instincts and learning to read the signals your child gives you. In some ways, they know better than we do what they are ready for/capable of. And their needs can change rapidly.
When my daughter was an infant, I felt it was best for her to have me home with her. I firmly believe she has benefited greatly from that, and will continue to do so, as we plan for me be home until she begins school full time. I also recognize, however, that there are limits to what I can provide for her. At this juncture, I am confident being in a preschool program two days a week will be great for her.
Just last week I asked her, "Would you like to go to school?" The response was a very emphatic, "YES!" Complete with vigorous head nodding and an ear-to-ear grin. So on October 1 my baby girl will become a preschooler. And I will not cry. Well,
When did your child(ren) begin a preschool program?