I’d follow your mommy instinctsAugust 6 2012 at 11:51 PM
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Response to Starting 3-year-old in preschool, looking for feedback (looooong, sorry!)
You know what your son needs, and the preschool sounds like it wouldnt be too much time away from home, but enough to get him some socialization with typical kids around his age.
You might have some difficult drop offs in the beginning, but he might surprise you with how much he enjoys it there.
There is a book series that Im quite fond of by Susan Bates Ames, and there is a book for every age (Your 3 Year Old is one title). The books, while outdated and a little humorous as a result, do give quite an accurate description of where each age is at developmentally, and what to expect. They do discuss the types of behaviors youre mentioning in your DS, and one of their main solutions was to enroll them in a preschool program.
I have discovered that my boys act out when theyre not engaged enough. We had a nanny at the house that we loved, but she just couldnt provide what the preschool/daycare has provided for my 3 y/o. He has grown so much in so many ways since he has been there.
As for the illness factor, I guess weve been pretty lucky. Other than a few colds, we (knock wood) havent had anything too major to complain about. The center we go to is vigilant with handwashing and disinfecting, so maybe that has something to do with it too. They even have the kids wash their hands when they first arrive for the day. What people always said to me when I verbalized this concern is that they are developing their immunity now as opposed to kindergarten.
Im sorry to hear that your mom has a dissenting opinion, but ultimately its your son. Its not like youre sending him to boarding school, after all! I would look upon this as a gift that youll be giving your son. And if you dont like it, you could always pull him back out.