Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Is headstart really what it says it is?
So lately while spending day after day with 3 little very needy people....I've been wondering if Andrew would benefit from a preschool program. Kindergarten around here is full day and from what I can tell it's that way in many other places. So rather than throwing him into an all day program next year....which might be a big shock to his system....I thought maybe a half day preschool would help ease him into it. Since we're students...we're not exactly well off so it looks like headstart would be the program for us. Here's the deal though.....headstart has pretty low max income requirements and around 80 % of the attendees come from homes that make less than 15,000 a year. So at the risk of offending some I wonder if this is a good thing or a bad thing for Andrew....and I want some opinions....if you have them. On the one hand it could introduce Andrew to those less fortunate and maybe there wouldn't be any difference...or maybe those children would be more humble...which would be good for him. On the other hand maybe children coming from lower income homes have less interested parents and therefore are lacking the morals I want Andrew to be exposed to. I know eventually if he goes to public schools there are all kinds of kids lacking the morals I want him to have but he's still so little and impressionable. Sure I'd like to believe he'd say "hey...that's not right....my mommy says we don't say that....or please be nice...yadda yadda".....but like I said he's still a little guy and these are the important years...and this year I have more control over who he'll be exposed to than in years to come...shouldn't I take advantage of that? So, would headstart give him a headstart.....or a potty mouth?