Awhile ago I decided not to put Emily in 3-year-old preschool. Mostly because I think it's too pricey and because I thought 3 was a little young to do preschool. I thought I'd just do 4-year-old preschool the year before kindergarten and call it good.
A couple of months ago though I was kind of bemoaning my choice not to put her in preschool. She and I have really been struggling with each other lately. She has been quite defiant to me, ornery, and really mean to Zach.
I started to think part of the problem was that she was bored. I can't handle entertaining her all day, and I definitely can't handle thinking of things for her to do all day. I don't believe that kids should be entertained all day, I think it's important to discover and imagine, but I also think they need some guidance in their activities.
Anyway, I was overjoyed when a new family moved into our neighborhood with a little girl exactly Emmy's age. Her mom talked to me about doing a little neighborhood preschool/playgroup with our girls and 2 others from the neighborhood as well.
So we're going to do it 2 days a week, and each of us moms will take one week a month. Today was the first day.
She had a good first day, and was so proud of her painting. (She also insisted on riding her scooter to preschool).
(on the weeks it's not my turn to host!)...that may sound awful, but I really need it, and I think it will help our time together be a lot better.) Plus, since I only have to host once a month, it will be easier and more fun to plan the activities for Emily and her friends.