It's not day care, it's school!

Hollywood, FL
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It's not day care, it's school!

I have a 4yr old, and always get offended when someone comments about her “day care.” Since she was three, our daughter has gone to a Montessori school. We pay a good bit of money for what we feel is a great education. When I hear someone say “day care” I think of a place where a bunch of kids are running around and playing all day under the supervision of a few adults. So every time someone refers to my child as going to day care, I feel the need to interject and say she goes to school. Am I being naive about the difference in preschool and day care, or overly defensive?

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  1. I would say you were being a bit defensive. You are obviously a great parent providing such a wonderful learning experience…but not everyone gets it. It’s their perception, and who cares what they think?! They just need to be ‘schooled’! (pun intended!)

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  2. I think you are completely right. She is four. She goes to school. All four year olds should go to school. Even all three year olds should as well. It is not day care at all and I am sure she is learning tons of stuff. My son went to a great daycare from when he was 9months old. He was in daycare but he was constantly learning and the teachers were great. They were teachers and not just adults supervising. And now he has been in a private school for pk3 and now pk4 and he learns all day long. They even go to science class, music class, spanish class, computer lab, and the library. Im am sure your daughters school does the same. I would get offended as well and I believe whomever says silly things like that does need to be “schooled” just as Kristen said!

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  3. My son also goes to a Montessori school, and sometimes people will refer to it as daycare. I tend not to dwell too much on the terminology of it all – before I was a parent, I had no clue either! They probably just don’t know any better. You might want to explain the difference or not depending on your relationship with that person, but in the scheme of things does it matter in the big picture?

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    1. No, it doesn’t matter really. But if you bought a new Porsche and someone called it a Kia, you’d be sure to correct them!

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