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We have decided to write a blog about our smart kid, and document and highlight things about him that are of interest or that come to mind.  It's not often as parents that we get to document everything that our children do, or tell our kids about them.  We're always being told as well that we have a smart child on our hands, so we decided to make this blog to document not only for us to remember down the line, but for our child to reflect back on and see his own progression, and why we, and many others call him a smart kid.  You're welcome to join us as we write about our son, and should another child come into our lives, as we add on another smart kid to the blog as well!  Enjoy!

Who Knew Picking a Preschool Would Be So Hard?

posted by Nchim on Friday, March 9, 2012at 00:16 || under Isaiah

Who Knew Picking a Preschool Would Be So Hard?

Well, I decided it is time for Mr. Isaiah to go to Preschool so that he can have a social life of his own.A few months ago, he started acting out pretty bad. I guess this is what they call terrible two’s. He was throwing Tantrums for no reason at all and it was driving us crazy. I got to thinking that maybe he is just bored and really wants to start living a life of his own. So I started looking for a preschool.

This was not easy, because up until this point, Isaiah stayed at home, and we did not easily trust him with strangers. Maybe we are too overprotective, but he is our first and only baby; and there are some crazy people out there! I can’t trust just anybody with my child!!

Well, the search for the school began and boy have I learned a lot! First, I learned that Daycare is EXPENSIVE!!! $250 per week!!! Are you serious?! I guess German getting laid off and being a stay at home dad for nearly 2 years turned out to be a blessing after all. We saved a lot by not having to pay for childcare. I also learned that I am NOT ready to put my baby in school all day long. This is why we opted for preschool. I found that the difference is that preschool typically lasts only half a day depending on the child’s age. He or she goes anywhere from 2-4 days a week. The great thing about it is that the cost is roughly $180 - $240 per month. That’s right… I said per month. Huge difference!

We narrowed it down to 2 schools… both being near our home at local churches. Each has its pros and cons. The first was slightly further away (5 minutes from home instead of 3 lol). The building is newer and nicer and the curriculum seems slightly better. The only thing is, the school has absolutely no minority groups represented. Isaiah would be the only "non-white” student. Also, the two-year olds' teacher did not seem very friendly and the children did not seem to play much with Isaiah when we visited. The second school is closer J, and although predominantly white, has students of all races. Also, the teachers seem a lot nicer and the children loved Isaiah. He fit in right away! Here are the downsides… The building is older, the curriculum is less structured, and the director does not have an email address. Lol.

We weighed the pros and cons and eventually decided to go with the 2nd school. It wasn’t an easy decision, but we finally decided to base our decision on how Isaiah interacted with the students. We reminded ourselves that the purpose of preschool is social interaction even more so than academics. Isaiah has been in preschool for almost a month now, and so far, he LOVES it! Every morning he requests to go to school. And every day when he gets home, he talks constantly about his teachers and his new friends. I am so happy we put him in school, and I can tell Isaiah is too!


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