Last weekend, Grace went to a birthday party for one of her day care friends. While the kids played after cake and ice cream, the moms sat around the table and chatted. For whatever reason lately, we have gotten together with the kids after day care ends....cookout, birthdays. Its really nice actually. I see these women every morning and evening but we rarely actually talk beyond the "good morning" as we pass in the driveway.
Bad news this weekend though....one of Grace's favorite day care buddies is not returning to 'Ghani's (the day care woman) house. She is off to pre-school. This little girl (we will call her M) and Grace have been together at Afghani's since they were infants; when Grace started all day care, she was 3 months old and M was 6 months old. They have essentially grown up together and now M will not be there to play with everyday. It makes me sad. She really is a sweet little girl and Grace adores her.
So of course, with the mention that M is leaving day care for a structured all day pre-school and knowing the other 3/4 year old (we will call her S) that Grace adores, is in a 3 day a week pre-school program, now I am confused on what to do with Grace.
Do I send Grace to pre-school or leave well enough alone?
She is getting enough of the social skills she needs at day care. And she is getting a bit of instruction as well....knows her ABCs, can count to 10 in spanish and 20 in english, and knows how to share, etc, etc, etc. So what benefit would pre-school be? Well, the structure of a school day. Grace is very set in her ways and is used to her little world revolving around her. Even at day care. Sure there are other kids there and Afghani is so good at handling all of them together. But for the most part, if she wants to color and the other kids are reading, she can go to the table and color. At pre-school, her day would be more structured and she would have to follow the teacher's schedule and instruction.
But she is so happy at Afghani's. Do I disturb that peace? I know that either decision is a good one but what is the right one?!
I cant believe we are at the point we have to think about school!!! It seems like just yesterday I was holding my newborn baby girl. Where does the time go!?