You know, the manual that should come with your child? Why isn't there one of those? A book that answers all the big questions and helps with the big decisions.
I wrote not long ago about how we went and toured a preschool. We loved it, Bailey loved, we thought everything was great. The director even agreed that Bailey would be well suited in the three year old class, even though she misses the cut off by 8 days. Well, as we read through the handbook we saw that it says to enter kindergarten, each child must be 5 by October 1st, NO EXCEPTIONS. Humph...what would happen if they made an exception for Bailey this year but wouldn't when it came time for kindergarten?
After talking to the director today, she informed me that, yes, they could make an exception for her this year, but that would mean that she would need to repeat the three year old class again next year to "get back on track". If that's the case, why would we put her in there at all this year?
So now the question is, does she need three years of preschool? We're just not really sure what to do. I know she wants to be around kids her own age so bad, but do we want to add another year of "school" to her? Are we making her grow up too fast? And next year my nephew will be in a preschool program three days a week, which takes away a good portion of the little bit of kid interaction she gets.
Any words of wisdom for this confused mother?