Now that I've decided not to put her in MDO for now, I am going to try to plan more activities for us. You all have given me some great ideas, so thank you.
Wow, Kayla! 9-4 does seem so long for a two-year-old. Sounds like Jordan has had lots going on with moving and those teeth and you made a perfect decision. Can't wait to hear about some of the fun things you'll do this fall.
9-4 really does seem like a long time for MDO. My girls go to daycare everyday from 7:30-4:30/5:00. They are used to that though since they started in daycare at 5 months old. I do highly recommend preschool when she is old enough. Kindergarten really is like 1st or 2nd grade now. Kids are expected to be pre-reading before entering (and have all requisite phonics skills as well). The expectation is that kids will be reading by the middle of the year. Isaiah even had spelling tests, sight word tests, and math homework when he was in K. Kids are also expected to be behavior-ready for K as well. They need to understand how to follow classroom rules, sit at a desk, listen, socialize appropriately with their peers, etc... I do think that someone can do all of these things at home if they implement a preschool curriculum, essentially home schooling their preschooler before starting K. However, I think if you can afford it, the preschool experience is invaluable. The good thing is that you have time before you have to give that too much thought. Just make sure you know the preschool enrollment deadlines and requirements. In some areas, it is very competitive and can be hard to get into preschools (although, I think that crazy stuff is mostly East and West Coast).
I look forward to hearing what activities you plan. I need ideas.
One of my mom friends (met her through the attachment parenting group) did a MDO at her home with her two kids and four others. It was T/Th mornings from 9-12 and it cost us $150 a month. Daphne started at about 20 months and finished at the end of May. It was so wonderful. I got a break (or time with just Mac after he was born) and she had lots of fun. She also developed a lot socially. I preferred the small in-home setting and I liked that I was helping another mom be able to stay at home with her kids financially.
I bet your area has an education list serve. I would get on there and ask about in-home options.
You'll love having her in a program...it's stressful the first week or so, but it's really great when then come home happy and tired and you'll be able to parent better after getting a break.
9-4?! That's long for a MDO from what little I know. Aren't they usually just in the morning like 1-2 times a week? I definitely would have passed with those hours.
That does seem like a long day! I'm glad you're feeling relief now. You'll probably find it easier to get out and do things outside of the house the older Nora gets and as she gets more on a predictable schedule.
What is an education list serve?