Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Great Preschool Search
Sorry to inundate with preschool and Teagan and kid stuff. But it is my focus these days so that is what you get! I might be crossing the Montessori school we visited off the list. In fact, I *gulp* am crossing it off. I went online and read the Parent Handbook. And read this... "Parents—as well as other interested family members and care givers—are encouraged to view their child’s classroom any time during the year after the first four weeks of attendance. You must make an appointment in advance. This has become more important than ever, as increased enrollment and tours throughout the year mean that often other parents or prospective parents are scheduled to observe during the day." Italics and bold are theirs, not mine. Huge red flag. Every other school- Montessori and church and otherwise- has been very "open door" about visits and observation. And that makes me feel immediately more comfortable. This breaks my heart. Because I would really love for my daughter, for my kids, to have a Montessori education. But it doesn't seem to be plausible between this red flag and the schedule limitations of other school options. So back to square one. If I follow my gut, there is a preschool/pre-K/Kindergarten program through a local Wesleyan church. Excellent hours, provided meals, affordable, etc. It's one of the first places I called and have yet to hear anything about it that's left me uncomfortable. Time to plan a visit. Sooner rather than later, given this recent development. RAWR!!!