My 3yo dd is a bright, friendly, socially-inquisitive child. In other words, she seems like she'll do just fine at public school. But I would like her to remain that way.... The big fear with public schools are of course the pressures to confrom, both socially and academically. Anyone succcessfully helping their child resist labels and being categorized? And are you noticing any dampening of their spirit as academics come more into their life?
I have noticed on some of the other forums that parents were "traumatized" by their public school experiences, and this is why some are choosing alternatives. Neither my husband nor I had that experience, but, I do see many failings of public education. Homeschooling doesn't feel like an option; I have to work.
We had her in a Waldorf-inspired preschool this last year and I really liked it but it completely broke our bank.
We live in an area with very good public schools, so all may be well, but for the little ones???