Friday, February 15, 2008 (TAYLOR IS 2 YEARS AND 40 WEEKS OLD)

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Recently, we’ve begun thinking about preschools for Taylor and I’ve been doing research into the various philosophies: Montessori vs. Waldorf vs. Reggio Emilia, etc… (What, you’ve never heard of the Reggio Emilia approach?! Well, neither had I, but according to brainy-child.com, Newsweek hailed them as the best preschools in the world.) We’re very fortunate to have a great selection of preschools in our area to choose from, however we may have missed the boat if we wanted to enroll Taylor for next fall. Apparently, I should have been submitting applications while she was in utero, because the waiting lists are so long for the “best” schools. I’m also finding that I’m a little ambivalent about preschools anyway. I definitely believe that they can be of great benefit, but what I want her to get out of preschool is mostly the social elements – I’m less concerned about making sure that she’s reading before kindergarten. Primarily, I just want to make sure that she’s learning how to develop positive relationships with her peers and getting a little more independence from mom and dad. So the question becomes…do we really need to get her into the “perfect” school now, or can we relax and just find a nice, comfortable place for her to play for awhile? I don’t know yet, but I’ll keep you posted.

Who needs preschool when she’s got such a bright future as a rock star:
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