My oldest son is 4 1/2 years old. Most, although not all, of his church friends are in preschool now or will start preschool in the fall.
My boy, however, will not. I thought I'd tell you why, starting with what my ideal preschool would look like.
There would be a comfortable structure, with time every day for my son to choose their own make-believe roles. There would be time outside. There would be fairy tales. Time for creativity every day. The food would be nutritious and comforting. The teachers would love and care for their kids, making an effort to understand and connect with the kids in the classroom.
I know there are preschools that fit my parameters here in North Carolina. I also know that they are WAY out of my graduate school stipend budget.
So I'm making the best and most frugal choice for my family. We'll avoid preschool, while incorporating those aspects I value into our daily lives. We now have a morning routine for "school". We spend time outside every day. I'm checking out books of classic fairy tales from the library, learning them so that I can be a better storyteller.
And we'll make our own way, and the Lord will bless us as I recognize responsibility for this stewardship.