Right now, I have three kids in different age gropus, but a preschooler I have not. However, when my elder kids were wanting to start sports, dance, swim, yoga, I searched high and low for classes that were a good fit: affordable, fun, convenient.
An urbanMama recently emailed:
I have a three year old. I am kind of a DIY type with the whole kid thing, tending to go to the river instead of swim lessons, turn up the tunes instead of dance camp, climb trees instead of circus. Partly because it's how I grew up, partly because it is cheaper, partly because all that structure doesn't really turn me on, but also just because my kid is still so small. So many of my fellow parents, and their kiddos, though, have been in the world of planned-and-paid-for activities for a while now. Body Vox, Do Jump, Parks and Rec, art classes, music classes, swim classes - it seems that every kid over a year is signed up for something. So I am beginning to feel a little negligent. Maybe she does need "enrichment." She has tons of friends, and I share parenting with other moms, so socialization is not the issue (at all), but, in this world of specialization, maybe she would benefit from the right teacher - someone who is not a "mama".
My question is this: which are the good classes, that are not expensive but are also not just paper glue and glitter, or a basket of shakers and a boom box... For me to commit not just to paying someone, but also to schleping my kid somewhere on a regular basis (cuz you know the travel time is going be greater than the class time), I want to know that the people who are doing it are into it. Also, up until now, all the classes are mommy-and-me, (the adults all acting like awkward kids and the kids are all looking at the adults like they're nuts) but at 3 there start to be classes which are 3-5 year olds, which my kid would be into because she loves the bigger kids, but she's not the type to just jump off my lap and into the fray in a room full of strangers...
Are you children in the 3-5 year old range in some kind of classes?