The other night I went to the curriculum night at our three-year old daughter’s preschool, and I can honestly say I learned so much and found the time I spent listening to the teachers completely worth it. It was parents only, and since we didn’t have a babysitter for the night, my husband left work early and stayed home with the girls.
Unfortunately, it was pure chaos at home during the hour and a half I was gone.
When I came home, the kids were going crazy – they both told me they cried, and my husband texted me while I was driving home saying HJ was having a tantrum looking for a red rubber band. Then as soon as I got home and we were ready to do our tag-team routine of putting the kids to bed one-on-one, my husband had to get on an emergency conference call for work and the kids decided they need a snack, and basically my youngest daughter didn’t sleep until 10 pm.
Still, I’m glad that I went because it really reassured me that the school is a good fit for our daughter. Being a former teacher, and having done an overabundance of research into preschools in the area due to our older daughter’s developmental delays, I know that I definitely tend to err on the side of too much information when trying to make a decision about something important such as choosing a school. I felt like I had looked at every preschool option available, from the local park district, to the Montessori programs, to private religious preschools, and nothing seemed to be what I was looking for.
However, I had somehow overlooked this preschool which is about 10 minutes away from our home until a couple moms in Lila’s gymnastics class mentioned how much they loved it. The school is actually well-known for their summer camp program, but I hadn’t realized that they also offered a private preschool and kindergarten enrichment during the school year. Also, it turned out our next door neighbor had taught there for years and was close friends with the director.