I have come to the realization that preschool shelters our kids a little too much. Mayhem has started preschool this year, and he goes two days a week for two and a half hours each day. Next year, he will only go three days a week for half day. Then, they have the option of going to kindergarten on time, or they can be held back and go to a kindergarten prep class that is five days a week for half days. Now, I understand there are other preschool programs out there, and I love the program and the teachers at our preschool. However, we checked into the other programs when we sent Mischief to preschool a few years ago. Many of the other programs are almost or more than twice the price of our preschool, for not a whole lot more time.
My problem with preschool is that it does not fully prepare our kids for kindergarten. That is why we send them to preschool, is it not? Mischief went from three days a week, going half days to five days a week going for seven and a half hours. She was more than adequately academically prepared, but that is kind of a ridiculous, shocking change. There are not very many preschools, who are preschool only that offer full day programs, unless you hold the kids back a year. There are preschool programs who are mixed with daycare programs who will take your kids all day, but the price is astronomical and not necessary when I am a stay at home mom!
|Mayhem's first day of school!|