1. She eats better
Sitting at a table with little friends, there is no refusing food without going hungry the rest of the day. Which means she'll eat more, eat better, and be introduced to new foods.
2. Growing independence
He washes his hands, puts on his shoes and socks, potties, puts on his jacket, etc. all by himself. These are skills that both teachers and peer guidance helped him learn quickly!
3. She learns to take a turn
She has to raise her hand in circle time and wait in line...learning that it's not about instant gratification is an excellent life skill.
4. The teacher-child relationship
His wonderful teachers give him two more adults that he adores and trusts, that help guide him through life. It's also great for me to have folks that I trust to watch him and report back to me on everything he does that day.
5. Getting ready for real school
He learns to interact with his peers, his elders, and in a "school setting." By the time he gets to kindergarten, he will be well-adjusted to a classroom schedule, including lunch at a table with friends and taking a nap on a mat.
6. Making momma friends
Make friends with the other moms in your kid's class for working mom support and ideas. Hang out on the weekends!
7. Way better art class
Momma's version of art is markers and playdoh. Maybe. Teachers bring in scissors, glue, paint, and all the fun messy stuff. He creates way more at daycare than he did at home!
8. They're hands-on all the time
Science, foreign language, yoga poses, songs, dancing...they do it all. Which means there's no television, no boring errands to run with mom, and no momma losing her temper.
9. Learning to play
You'll probably find his imagination take off, along with role playing and interactive play, instead of parallel play. The teachers do a great job of including the entire class in structured play.
10. He meets his best friends
They play together on the weekends and he chatters the whole way home about he played trucks with one little boy, then went sliding with another. (see also: far more birthday party invitations!)