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Preschool Predicament

Fall enrollment for one of Coronado's most popular preschools has started. How do I know which program is right for us?

I'm having a preschool predicament. The paperwork for Emma's second year of preschool is due. She's been in the two-year-old program all year, which only has the scheduling option of 2 hours twice a week. When she first started preschool in September that was the perfect amount of time for her, but I know that both of us are itching for something a little bit longer now. 

Suddenly, I'm faced with all these choices about her school schedule next year. I can keep her at two days a week, or she can go for three half-days, three full days, five half-days, or even five full days. I just can't decide. 

I definitely know that I want her to go more than two days a week. I think it will be better for both of us. She could use the extra stimulation, and I know she really enjoys her time in the classroom. And honestly, I could use the break. Plus, it would give me a chance to have some alone time with the baby and do activities with her like I did with Emma.

I know that Emma wouldn't enjoy three or five full days, and I'm guessing (hoping?) that she'll be tired after just a half a day at school. Plus, I'm crossing my fingers that she will still be napping in September. So, that leaves me to choose between the three or five half-day schedules. 

Here is where the conflict lies:

First, I can't believe that it's only February and I'm already enrolling her for school in the fall. Second, how can I be expected to make such a major decision when it seems like she changes every week? How can I know what will be right for her seven months from now? Finally, I have no idea how I will feel about her going to school full time in the fall. Maybe it will be great, but what if it's too much for either one of us? And it will be too late to change my mind. Oh, the pressure—and she's only 3! 

Right now, I'm leaning toward three half-days a week. Five seems like a lot, and I enjoy the flexibility of our daily life right now. Also, once they start school, that's it until they are at least 18 years old. I'm not really ready to commit to getting her out the door and on time five days a week right now. I can barely take a shower and eat breakfast every morning as it is. 

I wish I had a time machine that would transport me to the first day of school in September. Or maybe I need a crystal ball, or a fortune teller who can predict my 3-year-old's future. Or maybe I just need to get out of my head, pick up a pen, and fill out the enrollment form already. 

BE Styled February 27, 2011 at 07:37 AM
Hi Morgan, I was faced with the same choices two years ago. My son was in the twice per week, two hour sessions and all of a sudden he was eligible for a maximum of five full days per week...I was very concerned about how he would adapt, but after much thought, I decided to sign up for the full time, five day schedule (thinking I could always scale him back- not sure if this is an option for you)...Anyway, it was the BEST thing I ever did. My son thrived on going more hours and having a solid routine during the week. He became so much more outgoing and confident. I think the two hour/twice per week did not allow him enough time to get "warmed up". By the time I dropped him off, I was already back to pick him up before he could really get going and make friends. Your choice will be the right one. Wishing you the best....Barbara B.
Morgan Benzian February 28, 2011 at 04:56 AM
Thanks so much Barbara! Unfortunately, I have to commit to my decision. The classes fill up really quickly. I'm thinking of doing the three day a week program and putting her in dance or gymnastics if she needs something more. I wish I had a crystal ball!

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