Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pre-un-schooled

There has been some talk up in here lately about...dun dun...school.  That's right, you heard me.  In Washington, DC, a child must be three years old by September 30 to access the city's somewhat complex and quite varied selection of traditional public and charter schools.  Which, for those of you playing along at home, means that Elijah will make the cut by a whopping 16 days. 

At first, I was mom-set against it.  How could I bear to part with my big boy for so many hours each day?  But then, I went to an open house here, and I started to think, well...maybe...

But then I found out that the school gets about 600 applications a year, and spots are determined by lottery, so it seemed like, well, maybe not.  So the bottom line is, who the heck knows?  I'll keep you updated.

That, however, is not the point of this post.  The point is, I was discussing all of this with an old teacher of Brittany's, and when I mentioned that it would be fine with me to wait to send Elijah to school for a few more years, she said, "So, would you homeschool him?"

At first, I thought she meant, you know, forever.  But this did not make sense in the context of our conversation.  No, she was talking about preschool.  As in, will I preschool Elijah at home?  And I think, by her definition, the answer is no.  To me, the answer is, No more than usual.   After all, we spend probably 30 minutes or more a day reading, and a lot more time than that talking.  Then there's the cooking, and the singing, at the going, and the building. 

On a day like today, there's the cutting, and the ripping, and the gluing, and the talking about gluing, and the unsticking, and the crumpling...you've got the pictures. 



And next year, if Elijah and I are still a full-time team, I don't see why we'd mess with the good thing we've got going.  It seems to me that at his tender age, he's getting all the school he needs. 

Unless the lottery says otherwise.  Maybe.  Hmm.

2 comments:

  1. Too bad we don't live closer! Our boys could have fun glue stuff on each other :)

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  2. Lisa - there are lots of people in the area who "homeschool" for preschool - which really means finding other moms to meet up with and playdates and outings. There is a yahoo group called DCAPH (sounds like decaf). am happy to talk with you more if you like. And yes you have a great team going. It is inspiring!

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