Posted by: michelle @ books my kids read | August 27, 2010


The munchkin has started a new school and we’ve entered a whole new world. In Kansas, we were at the best in home day care around and it was a lovely, relaxed setting. When we moved to North Carolina, we were the odd family that wanted our then 2 year old to be in daycare. There were very few options that offered full time care and we were in with a crowd that we did not socialize with outside of the  school day. Now she is in the brand new three year old program at the local non-denominational private school. We actually do know other families in the school, although not really in our class. We will probably try to be more socially involved – who knows, I might actually participate in the parents’ association. The important thing is that she loves the program and we couldn’t be happier.

Anyway, I’ve noticed that the way these kids are dressed to go to the equivalent of play school is completely different than how I dress the munchkin. I think it’s toning down now that we are at the end of the second week,  but some of these kids have preppy down pat at 3. Many of the girls also wear somewhat frilly dresses. The munchkin wears play clothes – shorts or skorts and t-shirts. Admittedly, she did wear a dress with leggings today, but we still do not dress up for school. My thinking is that kids need to be kids and run around and get messy. It doesn’t help that even when fall comes around I’m going to struggle with putting her in jeans because she refuses to wear anything with snaps, buttons or zippers, but one of these days she is also going to have to learn how to deal with them.

I think a lot of this is probably be projecting – most of the moms are a whole heck of a lot more put together than I am. I am 8 months pregnant and it is still hot here in the south, but even the moms who are obviously off to go play tennis or golf are just perfectly dressed. We have entered a brave new world of private school and Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.



  1. Pre-school should be messy and full of experimentation that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. That’s how children learn. If kids are afraid to dirty their clothes, they hesitate rather than forge ahead to try new and maybe messy things. Let J be free just like you were. Remember the pictures of you covered in white powder and then in charcoal? Remember the elementary shool? TBH was a developmental pre-school where kids learned by doing. There were no workbooks, no homework, obviously no computers. Kids learned to interact with each other, negotiate, experiment, and feel good about themselves.

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