Tonight is the eve of the first day of school.
But, not for Joseph.
Until next year, that is!
(One more year until he enters the school system-waaaaah!)
Which brings up the topic of preschool.
Have you ever noticed how PASSIONATE people are about preschool?? Oh my heavens!
The socialization debate! (Is your kid getting enough socialization? Will he be socially ready for elementary school?)
The educational debate! (Does he know what he needs to know to succeed in Kindergarten next year?)
The free time debate! (Time to myself! Time for the other kids! VS one more year with Joseph around daily)
Oh, I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
I have had people look at me like I was borderline-abusive for not having Joseph in a preschool!
I HAVE thought about it, and debated, and decided, and changed my mind, SO much in the past year.
And…we have decided to pass on preschool.
Here’s the deal folks: homeboy Joseph can read. Like READ, read. Today, in fact, when we were coloring with Mr. Sketch scented markers he said to me, “Mama! This says Mr. Sketch, but if you added another “e” to it, it would say Mr. Skeetch.”
He can also do some simple addition, write his name, he is working on telling time, and he has known his numbers/letters/colors/shapes since about 2.5.
We do school work-books almost daily, and I am working on a more regular routine for this fall.
Socially, now that we are in Oregon, he is playing with a cousin or two (or 16) at least once a week. Also, he has his brother…soon to be brothers.
He is a bit…different, socially, and in the way he views the world. But, he is different in a way that is similar to Brian and my inlaws, so another year with them will bring nothing but insight and growth.
Of COURSE I would love to have some time away from him! Sorry future Joseph reading this (yeah, right!), but it’s true. You make me a bit crazy.
BUT, I’m fine. It’s only for one more year! ONE MORE YEAR that I get/have to (depending on the day) have him around me all the time! The only year that I will have all 3 of my little boys home. I can do it! And, if I can’t? He can always start at a nice little preschool in January.
So, there you have it. Our decision.
But it’s cool with me if you made a different one!
Preschool is fun!
Most of my friends do it!
My mom was a preschool teacher!
I don’t judge you for sending you kiddo off to preschool tomorrow! (Unless you are sending them every day ALL day, while still being a stay at home mom. Then I will secretly talk about you behind your back.)
Because here is the thing, readers.
I have this nagging suspicion that this whole preschool-debate thing I have been wading through the past few years DOESN’T REALLY MATTER THAT MUCH AT ALL.
Like, in a few years, I will never ever think about preschool again.
It all just seems a bit like hype.
So, here is to the last night of summer for some of you, or the last night until parking at the zoo gets much better for the rest of you! Hooray!!