There’s always been a disagreement regarding when Ellis ought to start daycare. The misses doesn’t believe it to be urgent, but I thought we had to try extra hard to ensure Ellis wasn’t missing any major developmental milestones simply because we refused to take her to daycare. There’s been more development on this front to allow me to go ahead and seek out space availability at local daycare facilitators and to evaluate their cost vs quality provisioned.
This certain facility was recommended to me by a friend’s coworker who’s daughter has been at for a couple of years and swears by it. The daughter used to be a shy introvert and has since become a very talkative extrovert. You know, the kind of child who love to share with you her life story and with no hint of thought that you might not be interested in what she has to say. Maybe I don’t want Ellis to be like that. But, there’s certainly a bitingly shy part of Ellis that could find balance with a bit of this extrovertedness.
My theory is it’s never too early to start with the socialization. And, from what I learned, there’s no replacing early childhood socialization with anything else though as hard as I’ve tried to fill Ellis up with other types of stimulus and activities. Yes, for a toddler, bonding with parents is paramount, but socializing with peers doesn’t fall that far behind. The difference might not be apparent now, but it will be more apparent when the child develop language and expression skills that will compliment and enhance cognitive abilities.
After discussing with the director of the facilities and asking her the standard questions regarding curriculum, the director invited us to step into class to observe and to allow Ellis to simply hang out in class.
When we arrived, all the kids were partaking in mid afternoon snack, and Ellis was left alone to roam the ropper room. Soon, after snack time, the kids joined in. I sat on one of their tiny chairs and wanted to just peep at them anonymously. But, it became apparent that this wasn’t possible as the kids were piling on their toys on top of me. I was not sure whether they wanted me to read to them or simply wanted to interact with an adult.
Ellis started to get some attention too. She seemed to like the attention but she acted rather cooly towards the people giving her the attention. But, when I asked her whether she liked playing with her new friends, she shyly replied yes.
I am going back to this place some time this week to ask the director more questions. There seem to be more kids per teacher than there ought to be when I was there. I don’t know whether it was just during the short time I happened to be there. And, when I left the ropper room to ask the director more questions, Ellis noticed that I left the room and erupted in cries and tears. So, I had to cut the visit short. Rather, I forgot what questions I wanted to ask the director.
After we left the daycare facility, I wanted to stock up on some drinks at the market. But, Ellis was still in a bad mood and demanded I drive home. I gave in. And, on the way home, Ellis said she’s sorry for being mad, I can go buy what I wanted, and she will be a good girl. I already passed the market, so I decided to take her to Daiso instead.
Daiso seems to have grown their toy section.
Ellis picked up this shining tassel thing. I didn’t want to spend $1.50 on that hideously looking thing. So, I told her that thing is a worm at first. When that didn’t work, I told her it’s a snake. That did the trick.