Jasper just turned two, but the questions about preschool have been coming since… oh, I don’t know, his birth? And to clarify, we live in a moderately-sized Southern city — we’re not exactly rolling with the fancy New York City preschool crowd. Sean and I have never really had a game-plan for daycare; since I work from home and he’s a student, we both figured it’d be easy enough for us to keep Jasper during the day. But now that he’s of “preschool age” (right?), we’re starting to look into education options.
Back in the day (when Jasper was a few months old), I was 100% dedicated to the idea of unschooling or homeschooling Jasper… until I realized I’d have to do it myself. I love and respect every single unschooling and homeschooling family I know, but I know my limits. Sean was intrigued by the idea of teaching Jazz, but he’s now in a demanding degree program that will land him in full-time outside-of-the-home work in two to three years, which in the meantime takes up an awful lot of spare time he does have. So, preschool. Here we are.
How did you guys choose what preschool was right for your kids? Is there a secret list of things we should and shouldn’t look for that I haven’t found on the Internet, or should we just go with our instincts (as we are oftentimes wont to do)?