I have a fabulous group of mommy friends, most with children within a few months in age of mine. I love them dearly. We talk about all kinds of things; parenting, our spouses, choices we make for our families. We don't all do things the same and I think that is great, I learn a lot from these Godly women in my life.
As of late, the topic has been preschool. A few of us considered co-oping a preschool for our children and others felt lead to do things a little more traditionally. We ended up deciding not to do the co-op. Spread sheets were made, schools compared and now everyone is signed up for preschool for the beginning of next school year. Everyone but Eliana. We are not doing preschool next year, or maybe even ever.
I have given this a lot of thought, and this is what I have come up with. These are our reasons, I don't expect my friends to make the same choice for their family.
1- I like Elie. I know other people like there kids too. I just don't feel the need to get rid of her for a couple of mornings a week. She is a blessing in my life who is growing up quickly and I want to spend time with her.
2- I am cheap. I can think of a lot better things to do with $150 a month.
3- Time is of the essence. Elie is very impressionable at this age and I want to be the one doing the impressing. I have a very small window when I am the only influence in her life. I would like to think I am the main influence for a while, but right now, it is all Matt and I. I think this is such a great opportunity.
4- She doesn't need it. Elie is a sponge. She knows letters and letter sounds, she can count, she knows her shapes and colors. We read a ton. We go fun places. There is so much she can learn at home and I love being the one who gets to teach it to her.
5- The hassle factor. We are going to be having a baby in the fall. The thought of getting 3 little people out of the house by 8:30 several mornings a week sounds awful. I don't want to have to wake a sleeping baby to go pick up a big sister from school. If Elie is at school, Addilyn has no one to play with.
I have discovered that I see the world a little differently when it comes to child rearing and education. I think I should get used to not doing what everyone else is choosing to do. Every family is different and just because this is the right choice for my family doesn't mean I assume that everyone else will choose this for there family.
There is a great book called "Before 5 in a Row" that takes great children's literature and adds activities that go along with it. I think I might do something like this for Elie, she loves books and so does Addilyn. It would give us some structure and give me some ideas. Who knows, maybe I will end up wearing jumpers and home school my children!