My 2 1/2 year old abviously needs something beyond activities him at home/ playgroup/ music class. I made some montessori materials and bought some practicle life-things for him to do, and that seems to fufill his craving for order ect, but wanted him to have the clasroom experience. He has plenty of socialization, in music class and playgroup co-op.
People in our area and the hovering in-laws ( 4th grade teacher& college professor controlling know-it-alls) don't get it.
I can't decide if preschool is right for him or not, you should see the resulting breakouts... the worst of my life!!!
We tried a week of summer camp, ( three hours a day) I hated hated the idea of handing him off to the guide/ teacher ( he has a high-need temperment and we never used a baby sitter, but he did attend playgroup twice a week for one with neighbors and was fine.) IT was going against my instincts and my parenting so far, but I really thought he would like the classroom. He cried for about two min maybe five, but stopped when he got to the classroom ( i stayed in the hall to make ssure) Towards the end of the week he did not want to get out of his car seat, and would not want to leave home in the morning, I felt like a terrible, pushy parent! But now, during the three-week break before school starts, and a week after the end of summer camp, he dosen't even want to leave the house to go to the park, he says he wants to stay at home Pf course he is happy when we get to the park.
Bottom line: I have a strong feeling that he will live the montessori materials, and especially watching/ interacting with the older children, However, I also am concerned that he will be adversely effected by forcing a seperation from me if he is not ready.
We are enrolled, which invilves a contract, but do not want to push him!!!! I wich wich wich I could be a teacher there!!!! But I have to finish my own schooling first!!!!! I am kicking myself for not applying when there was an assistant position open!!!!!!!!!!!!(finally, only four classes to go!)
I thought about buying some of the materials for him to use at home, but he would learn so much more by being with the other children.
I thought about starting my own preschool , purchasing montessori materials for children to use, but it would have to be in my apartment, who would want to do that!