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Thanks, Amy! I don't know why, but I only saw your post today... for some reason I didn't get an e-mail to notify me of a response to my query, so for the past couple of weeks I've been wondering if my question was just not worth responding to.... maybe I'm just a teeny bit insecure?!
The preschool you described sounds wonderful and well-balanced. Though, I'm pretty sure my DH wouldn't go for it at this time. I admit, that's been the main struggle for me. Maybe I'm wrong, but I feel that social contact on a regular basis with other kids and learning from other (qualified) adults, even if not full-time, is necessary for DS at this stage in his development. DH is up for taking us (or me taking the children) to playgrounds, nature sanctuaries, the library, and the occasional small festival, but just seems too cautious about DS participating in anything beyond that. He feels DS is still too young. I don't want this to be a source of tension for us, so I'm trying to work with it, just giving DS a little exposure at a time to learning activities outside the home, with other children around learning as well. So, in the past couple of weeks, I've made a very gradual start, by taking him to the local library's family story time. It's only once a week, and we've only gone to two sessions, but at least it's something regular and he's participating alongside other kids within his age range. So far, he's been very quiet, not as likely to speak up as the other kids are, but he's definitely enjoying himself, and has the added comfort of me being nearby with his little sister. Next summer, he'll be old enough to attend soccer camp and my friend's art camp, both of which DH is supportive of trying out. In the meantime, I'm hoping to find more ways to get DS out into the community and become more independent, just a little bit at a time. Personally, I find that preferable to plunging him head-on into full-day kindergarten as soon as he turns four.