By Jennifer Black, M.Ed.
Co-authored by Christina Black, D.Ed.
“Making the decision to have a baby is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”
Sending your baby to preschool is one of the hardest days for you, Mom and Dad, because you are choosing to allow someone else to partner with you in caring for your "heart." Let’s face it, your child will still be your little “baby” on her 29th birthday. It takes great trust and wisdom when choosing the best place for your child to flourish and grow.
After all of the hard work and careful consideration to choose a school, parents typically begin to think about what the education world refers to as “preschool readiness,” and even have genuine questions concerning what the word “readiness” means. Should he know his colors? Shapes? Recognize numbers one through five? Say his ABCs in order? I once heard a nervous parent ask a seasoned teacher these questions, and was deeply intrigued by her response. She kindly replied, “No, your child does not need to learn any of those things at home to be ready for school. That list and more is what we teach at school. But there is one important question I would like to ask you as you consider whether your child is ready for preschool. Does your child know how to obey?”