Last fall, I decided to put Rachel on the waiting list for a local preschool program. I figured, I wasn’t really ready for her to start last fall, but maybe by this spring, I would be ready. The lady called today to let me know that there was an opening in the 2 day/week program, I would I be interested in putting Rachel in it?
I don’t know. I thought I’d be ready for it by now, but I’m not sure I am. It’s a big deal… to put your child in a preschool/mother’s day out type of program! Really, once you start, is it easy to stop? I know that she would have fun, and it would be nice to be able to spend some one-on-one time with Eli… but am I ready for it?
One of the major issues I’m having with myself is that neither Matt nor I are convinced that public schooling is for us. As a former public school teacher, I don’t have anything against the material, per se, so much as the environment. Teachers can’t do anything about what kids learn at home and bring with them, and I don’t think I want my kids exposed to other people’s bad habits until they are old enough to be able to have stronger decision-making abilities! So, just to be clear, I don’t have a problem with public schools, just the society in general… 😉
So, if I send her to a preschool, and decide after that to home-school, will that be a difficult transition? Will she resent the decision? What about Eli? Will he go to the preschool while she is homeschooling? What would that look like? Oops, there I go again, over-analyzing…
Anyways, the bottom line is: we have a decision to make, and I told the nice lady I’d call her tomorrow and let her know. So, that means that I don’t have as much time to overanalyze, which is probably a good thing.
Kinda on impulse I went to the Spectrum website over the weekend and typed in my contact info. (Spectrum is a new gym facility that just opened about 15 miles away from us) I got a blanket email response, but never called the membership coordinator guy. Well, he called the house today. And, we’re set up to go look/tour on Friday.
It’s pretty cool. They have state-of-the-art exercise equipment, and an all-inclusive childcare program. They play games with them, and even do things like diaper changing (and even supply the diapers!).
When he called to set up the appointment, I got a general price range out of him (it costs about 1/2 of what the preschool would cost for Rachel’s 2 days/week). And that is for the family of 4. I told him unless he gave me a price range I wasn’t going to bother going to tour because I didn’t want to know what I was missing if it was just way out of reach!
So, yet another decision. Do we do this? Would it be worth it? Should we do the gym instead of the mother’s day out? Both Rachel and Eli could enjoy the gym time… and me too! *sigh* I just don’t know.
I guess we’ll talk about it tonight, and as the voice of logic and reason, Matt will balance out my frantic thoughts!