Tuesday, March 31, 2009

As I am writing this I am still feeling anxious and jittery. You see, today we had an appointment with one of the teachers at a school for Rowan. Yes! A school for Rowan...
I am not too sure how I feel about the fact that we might be sending Rowan to spend a morning away from home and away from Mom for two days a week. It is quite scary and he is only two years old. I do know that he will benefit from the exposure to and interaction with other kids and adults. At least I think so. There are so many different philosophies on teaching young children and everyone has a different opinion.

As for Rowan... he seemed a little unsure as we entered the school but followed us anyway. It did resemble a doctor's office and I think this might have contributed to his anxiety. He did calm down a little while later and really enjoyed exploring the classroom and playing with the toys. From what I witnessed today, I am pretty sure that he would adjust quite well to this new environment and that makes me feel a little bit better.

We will be looking into alternatives to this school and will over the course of the spring and summer make a decision. Any input will be greatly appreciated.

It all comes and goes so quickly, doesn't it?
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  1. Hey, I know how you feel, it's quite a big decision. I still would recommend a home day care for the first year, or so. It just seems more personal and the ratio of adult and kid is normally better. I think the stuff, you want him to learn, being independent, social skills and just having the experience of having other kids and adults around regularly, he would also get at a more private in comparison to a more institutionalized place.
    In Germany kids all have a pre school place at 3 years old, with a more planned structure.
    Also the groups with other kids and moms will really prepare him for that. Just being regularly around a certain group of kids and adults will make it much for comfortable for him.
    did the school feel good to you, I mean beyond the fear of having to let him go? What was your gut feeling at the place? If it wasn't 100%, try out something else.
    We love our preschool and even though my reasons for not sending Mia to one in town, its in the end about the gut feeling, that the one in Landen "just feels right". Good luck, talk to you tomorrow. Anke