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What's the best way to spend $6000 on preschool for this kid?

We have two choices for morning school for our daughter, who is just turned two. Happy School is walking distance, 2hrs/day this year and 3hrs/day for the next three years after. It's a fairly structured ordinary preschool (one hour of library/circle time, one hour of playtime is a typical day) and $170/month. Flower School is 30 minutes away for 3+hrs/day and is a open-ended play school with lots of outdoor garden and art time that costs about $670/month. Our daughter has had trial weeks at both, and somewhat prefers Flower School. She came home worn out and chatty from her days there. The Happy School's teachers have given us short answers (She played a lot today) when we pick her up, while School B sends a daily short newsletter and thoughtful answers (She liked watering the plants, can you let her try at home). [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Jan 15, 2014 - 31 answers

 

Pre-school playground politics.

My son is being kind of sort of bullied at pre-school and I want to know what--if anything--I can or should do about it. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 11, 2013 - 21 answers

Preschoolers and gender stereotypes: help!

How do you teach your young children not to internalize the sexism in our culture? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Sep 3, 2013 - 23 answers

Son's ahead of his preschool-mates. Should I be concerned?

My son is in a pre-K program for 3 year olds at a local charter school for 3 hours a day. The teacher sent home a break-down of all the stuff they'll be learning this year. My kid knows all the stuff already. Should I be worried about him being forced to re-learn stuff he learned over a year ago? Will he be arrogant, bored, frustrated? Will he pretend not to know? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on Aug 24, 2013 - 22 answers

Is 2 better than 1?

I'm considering sending my kid to 2 preschool programs. Is this insane? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue on Aug 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Busy baby needs a place to chill out

Seattle, WA-Mom has obviously totally screwed up her day care search. Help please! [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Jul 15, 2013 - 10 answers

I know that none of those words go together.

Boston MetroWest parent filter: I need an affordable full-time preschool in Needham, MA or between Needham and North Waltham. And by "affordable" I mean < $1000/month. My son will be 3 in October. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Jul 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Share your Cambridge public pre-school experiences

So it's time for us to put our son on the pre-school waiting list in the City of Cambridge. Except we are close to three possible schools and there are no ranks, no preferences - if the school is on the list and there is space, you must take it. We don't know anyone whose kids have gone to any of these preschools, Morse, Kings, King Open, etc. So throwing this out to askmefi: if you have any experiences with preschools in Cambridge, MA, please share! I am particularly concerned about provider availability to children, sensitivity to allergy/nutrition concerns, diversity, gender roles enforcement ("You can't cry, you're a boy." "Girls can't play with cars.") and relationships among the parents of the children.
posted by Shusha on Mar 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Make a three-year-old very happy!

Okay, you know that "On Top of Spaghetti" song? Can someone cleverer than me think of a second verse for that song that involves the poor meatball and A TRAIN? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Feb 20, 2013 - 17 answers

How do I homeschool a preschooler?

My 3 1/2-year-old nephew was recently taken out of preschool because his parents can no longer afford it. I’m unemployed (and job hunting) and I’ve become the de facto nanny/babysitter. He’s a bright, active little boy who knows his shapes, colors, letters, numbers, how to spell his name, etc. He was learning how to write and I want to continue with that but I'm not sure how. (I have no kids and until him haven't spent much time with small children.) [more inside]
posted by shoesietart on Nov 7, 2012 - 32 answers

Is it really this hard to find preschools/daycare?

How to go about actually finding a preschool/daycare. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Oct 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Please eat, son!

Thoughts on how to get my three year old to eat. [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Sep 11, 2012 - 27 answers

If you give a dog a donut...?

Pre-school filter: I'm looking for children's books about food. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Aug 21, 2012 - 22 answers

Preschool in Chicago

I need information about preschool daycare options in Chicago. Neighborhood is restricted to 45 minutes door to door commute (in good weather) to both the Loop and the Medical District WITH NO DRIVING. Bus or train is fine, but no more than one transfer. This is not a "which neighborhood to live in" question--it's a "What are available preschool daycare options in neighborhoods that meet these commute parameters" question. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Aug 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Where can we send him?

What after school options for my three year old son haven't I thought of? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on May 29, 2012 - 37 answers

Keep the Lights On - Or Else!

My four-year-old woke crying in the middle of the night from a bad dream last week. This has never happened before. All he will say is that it was "very scary." Since then, he insists on all the lights being on in his room all night. [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Apr 5, 2012 - 59 answers

Healthy preschool snack to make for kids? Allergy restrictions

Egg-free, cow's milk-free, wheat-free, nut-free snacks to make for my nursery class in two days? [more inside]
posted by kansakwens on Mar 28, 2012 - 14 answers

But there's nothing to doooooooo!

I'm stumped for active games I can play with my 3 year-old that require no props, or only simple props, like a single ball. Parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by xo on Feb 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Being a parent is hard.

Daycare woes: How do I balance the good with the bad? How can I figure out if it's time to leave and try another school? [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Jan 24, 2012 - 23 answers

How do I get my toddler to go down stairs?

My almost-3 year old, who is normally quite sweet, has started melting down about EVERYTHING and refuses to climb/go down stairs, and walk reasonable distances. Physical issue, school adjustment issue or just a phase? How do I grit my teeth and get through it? [more inside]
posted by kpht on Dec 14, 2011 - 36 answers

Not an iPad; sorry kid

Leapster vs MobiGo vs Fisher Price iXL vs ? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Nov 29, 2011 - 4 answers

How did your parents make Santa real for you?

How did your parents make Santa Claus real for you? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Nov 21, 2011 - 53 answers

bad apples in a coop?

Is poor participation normal for a preschool co-op? And if so, how do we fix it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Little anxious kid - resources desired

Anxious preschooler. Resource recommendations please. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Sep 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find preschool bike stunt movie

A year or two ago a movie did the rounds of the blogs. As far as I remember, Mom said goodbye to preschooler, 'have a good day at daycare', and then the preschooler went off on his own on his running bike, through the woods doing all kinds of stunts. I could have sworn it was on kottke.org but I can't find it there or anywhere else. What was it?
posted by beniamino on Sep 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Suggestions for preschool drop off?

The big pre-school drop off? Suggestions from the hive welcome. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Sep 5, 2011 - 29 answers

Will not sending my kids to preschool doom them to poverty, prison, drug addictions, despair, etc?

Will not sending my kids to preschool doom them to poverty, prison, drug addictions, despair, etc? [more inside]
posted by idzyn on Aug 7, 2011 - 47 answers

I think I would be a good teacher... just because.

What is the best way to structure a resume to apply for preschool teaching positions, especially when I have little actual training in this field? [more inside]
posted by wansac on Jun 13, 2011 - 5 answers

How does a French immersion school work?

What will our experience be like in sending our kids to a French-immersion school? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Mar 14, 2011 - 17 answers

To Montessori or not to Montessori?

How would you describe the difference between a Montessori preschool and a 'regular' preschool? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Feb 23, 2011 - 25 answers

Should I consider a Christian preschool for my kid when I am a non-believer?

Religious preschool options. We are not religious. Am I overthinking this? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Feb 10, 2011 - 44 answers

Game recommendations for a Monopoly-obsessed 5 year-old

What games, puzzles, and activities would you recommend for my almost 5 year-old son who is currently obsessed with Monopoly (real life version) and Plants vs Zombies (iOS)? [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 2, 2011 - 21 answers

Which NYC preschools teach kids to read?

What New York City Preschools teach children reading before they get to kindergarten? I'm looking for names. Thank you!
posted by SarahWriter on Jan 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Healthy daycare snacks?

Suggestions for healthy snacks and meals for daycare? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Jan 9, 2011 - 19 answers

How to choose a Montessori school

What should I look for, and what questions should I ask, when touring a Montessori school? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Jan 7, 2011 - 6 answers

My browser needs child-safety locks.

My son just turned 4 and has become a wiz at bypassing all parental controls, and I need a browser that will restrict him to a few sites, such as stuff like starfall.com [more inside]
posted by Sallysings on Oct 28, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me help a bunch of kids become nerds like me!

Does anyone have recommendations for great OS X applications for computers that are stationed in a daycare's preschool classrooms? I'm taking on the task of reinstalling four Mac Minis in my daughter's daycare, and am looking for ideas about the best software (freeware or inexpensive shareware/payware) for kids between the ages of 2 1/2 and 5 years old. [more inside]
posted by delfuego on Oct 12, 2010 - 6 answers

kids tv with songs?

What kids tv shows feature lots of songs? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Sep 28, 2010 - 30 answers

What are some cool snacks the kids and I can make at preschool?

What are some good snacks for preschoolers that we can make together at preschool? Involving gadgets is a plus. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 8, 2010 - 15 answers

Preschool, newborns, and immunizations: beyond here be dragons controversy

Thought I found the perfect preschool for my son. Then I learned the preschool has accepted a couple of not-fully-vaccinated kids. We will have a newborn in the house this fall. Is that a dealbreaker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2010 - 42 answers

Canadian Culture. In a box.

Suggestions needed for small, inexpensive items that can represent Canada to children ages 3-6 around the world. [more inside]
posted by Abbril on May 11, 2010 - 16 answers

How screwed am I for finding preschool in SF?

I just got a job offer in SF. Do I stand any chance of finding preschool for my 3-year old by September? [Yes, ye childless, roll your eyes.] [more inside]
posted by TheWash on Apr 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Wake up sleepyhead! It's time to get dressed!

How can I constructively get my 4 year old to get up and get ready in the morning? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Mar 17, 2010 - 32 answers

Bad Working Conditions in Preschool

I started working as an Assistant Teacher at a preschool a few months ago, and I do not find the working conditions acceptable. I am wondering if there are other preschool teachers out there, and what your experiences are like? (or others who are not teachers but know something about preschools or labor laws/working conditions). [more inside]
posted by bearette on Feb 20, 2010 - 21 answers

Books/theories for early childhood teachers

Anyone have recommendations for books/websites to help an MSW professional translate an early literacy project into M.Ed language? [more inside]
posted by Surfurrus on Feb 1, 2010 - 2 answers

We are looking for great Minneapolis (& suburbs) pre-kindergarten programs.

Our son will be 5 in July and could go to Kindergarten next Fall but we want to wait a year before we send him. He is currently in preschool but has reached the end this year. What kinds of programs/language schools/preschools are in the Minneapolis or Southern & Western suburbs for 5-6 year olds that are waiting a year before entering school? [more inside]
posted by rdurbin on Dec 1, 2009 - 3 answers

Video game suggestions for a preschooler who loves Braid

Beautiful, open world platformers for the pre-school set? Does such a thing exist? Also open to general video game recommendations for the 5-7 age range. [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Dec 1, 2009 - 12 answers

What do I need to know about preschool in San Francisco?

Tell me about the need for pre-school in San Francisco, please. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Oct 20, 2009 - 4 answers

I need some facts.

I am on the board of my son's nursery school. I found out today that on Wednesday we are being asked to vote on whether or not to allow a child to attend who has only been partially vaccinated due to religious reasons. I need some information to back up my vote. Please read on. [more inside]
posted by missuswayne on Sep 6, 2009 - 48 answers

Help me find a good afterschool program?

How do I look for an afterschool program for my soon to be preschooler? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Aug 5, 2009 - 2 answers

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