I've recently embarked upon looking into pre-schools for BB...
Initially we thought about Montessori. It feels like a natural progression, home-birth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping... Montessori. However after some research into schools in our area sadly it's proving to be a financially inaccessible choice. One school even demands $165 to go on the waiting list to compete for 25 spaces. (And we live in a neighborhood abundant with children... so what are the odds?)
Plan B – visit a few local centres and go with my gut feeling on the people that run it. I checked one out last week that I really wanted to like but I just didn't get good vibes. The outdoor space was dismal and they seemed a bit too focused on curriculum which boasts French and Japanese lessons. (Is that normal at this age?) The local KU seems like a good choice, however if we pop her name down now we're still not likely to get in until she's 4.
I feel over my head with this one. I'm not sure what's normal and what's reflective of the extortion that accompanies inner-city living. And at an average of $100 a pop for the waiting list, how many do you sign up to?
It's times like this the urge to swing further left and home-school is strong, and if BB didn't say mama, this, kids, please every time we walk past a pre-school I may even consider it.
Image: BB's first play-dough experience, as per Em's recipe. I love that during full concentration she sticks her tongue out – just like I do.