There are strong opinions on this topic. Don't even get me started on Montessori schools and $12,000/year tuition for morning preschool. It's great and all - but WHUCK?! That's crazytown. They're three. They're learning things like "don't crap your pants" and "this is how to stand in line" and "you should sit on the piece of tape that says your name" and "try not to bite people if they accidentally take your crayon". You shouldn't be paying the equivalent of college tuition for that.
In my neck of the woods, parents start looking at preschools the year before their kids start (or sometimes even earlier). They spend as much time and effort researching preschools as doctoral students spend on their dissertations. They apply for a spot in their chosen school at least nine months before the school year starts. They get in line to file those applications at 4am.
I have never been one of those
*And I did make mommy friends! Eventually I even met Kate, but only after she was kind of mean to me. Then we bonded over a mutual meltdown in the preschool parking lot and now she wuvs me and the rest is history.
Flash forward five years later. I loved the preschool so much I volunteered for everything. Then I became a church member. Then I found out something amazing and magical. The children of church members automatically get into the preschool. They get first dibs on admissions. They have to take my kid. And that's a big relief because the only little kid I've got left is Mini. And she's a devil cupcake, an evil genius, and quite possibly listed on multiple TSA and FBI watch lists.
I didn't think there was any point in being anything other than totally honest in my preschool application because of several important reasons:
(1) They have to take her.
(2) They know both me and Kate pretty well and know that we're a little whackadoodle.
(3) They read this blog and they know my kid.
I thought I'd share 2 pages of the 27 page application:
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