Mariah - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
So I was at a play group last weekend with my 1yr old daughter and one of the mom's asked me if she had started school yet. I was caught off guard by this question as I was under the assumption that kids don't start preschool until 3 or 4 yrs old. I just stammered, "uh, not yet, we haven't considered it." She replied that her lo didn't start until 13 months & it's normal for them to start around this age.
After thinking about it I started wondering if I am setting my lo back by not enrolling her in a preschool. We read to her every day and when I'm home with her and she's talking and pointing things out I parrot what she says and name the objects she shows interest in. Then again even though we both work we can barely afford our in-home daycare. So money wise I don't see how we can afford a daycare/preschool when the cheapest of them is 3-4x what we pay now. Also the daycare provider spent the last 5 years as a teacher in a daycare and has a degree in early childhood development. So I think we're on the right track, but that comment is still nagging at me.
What do you guys think?