We always knew that we wanted Anna to attend preschool even though my husband is staying home with her. Without siblings she is too wrapped up in our adult world at home, and she is not the child who is actively looking for other peers to play with. She is quite happy with parents as playmates. A few hours a week of supervised playdates and classes were not going to change it. She started going to preschool when she was about 2.5, but things were not going smoothly in her multi-age Christian preschool. She was very disappointed when her best friends graduated and she was left “with babies” her age. Also I was not entirely comfortable with that school religious curriculum and how Anna interpreted what she was hearing there. So we started our search yet again and found a secular preschool that we, the parents, immediately liked. It doesn’t call itself Montessori or Waldorf or any other name. Its mission statement says, We encourage exploration, imagination, creativity, problem solving, and appreciation for uniqueness and differences in personalities, abilities and appearances. And they do. Anna loves her school, and we love the program and enthusiasm and professionalism of the staff and her teachers. Every time I drop her off (I get to do it once or twice a week), there is so much for children to do during free morning time depending on their interests. Anna tends to go to the science tools, building blocks and puzzles first. Many kids play dress up or look at books. Some others are getting creative with supervised free art – it includes shaving cream, cutting, pasting, stickers galore, etc. And then there is structured time which is mostly story time, music and art centered around the theme of the week. They also cook every Wednesday in their “Green Frog Cafe”. Every spring school has The Art Show where every classroom displays their best creations. Anna was very secretive about her contributions to this Art Show – she was insisting that it’s going to be a surprise. And we were pleasantly surprised to see so many creative artwork by so many kids in one place. The Art Show was on Saturday at 11 am, and Anna was begging to go to school since 7 in the morning. A lot of her friends were there with their parents showing off their pieces excitedly and proudly. Anna’s favorite was her clay caterpillar – she really wants to take it home as soon as possible. Our favorite was her self-portrait, every child made one, and the teachers did a fantastic display of them. Even though Anna doesn’t seem to have much of an interest for art at home, she is doodling a lot more lately, and now I understand much better how she comes up with some of her creative ideas. We are very excited for another year in this warm and welcoming school before she goes off to a “big school” and hopefully also encounters dedicated teachers who will build on her strengths and help her try new things without a fear of failure that she sometimes displays at home.