Preschool?

Beth - posted on 01/04/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son was born in December 2004, which means he won't start school until he's almost 6. He's very smart (if I do say so myself) and is ready to read and write. I'm thinking of putting him in preschool next fall, but am not sure what to look for since my daughter was never in any type of school before kindergarten. Any guidance you could give me would be great! Thanks!

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Carrie - posted on 02/08/2009

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My daughter attended a non- profit county head start program and we really loved it. The hours of the program were very similar to kindergarten so she got into a routine which was great. Small class size is also something to look for. Good luck!

Staci - posted on 02/02/2009

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I am a preschoool teacher. And as a teacher and a parent to a 4 1/2 year old I would put in a school that you are comfortable with. Its good for him to be in school. I teachs social behavior, and academic skills. Again you have to be comfortable with where you leave him. Feel free to ask any questions if you have them.

Cari - posted on 01/27/2009

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My son was also born in December of 2004.  He's been in preschool for over a year now and it's been great.  Not only is he learning academic stuff (letters, numbers, etc.) early, the social aspect of it has been fantastic.  It's really been good to have a scheduled day with rules and systems. He's always been very energetic and stubborn and I think the "school" atmosphere will really benefit him when he starts kindergarten.

Tammy - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hi my 2 daughters have been in pre-k programs. My oldest is 10 and she went to pre-k that was licensed out of a womans home ( she is a licensed teacher) and now my 4 yo goes. With the times being hard nowadays, the elementary school just started a UPK (universal pre-k program) and it is free. and they are also licensed teachers. You can look into the school district and find out if they have the free programs. My 4 yo started today and she loves it just as much as the other class she was in. HTH!! 

Candace - posted on 01/10/2009

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I placed my son in 4 year old Kindergarten at a private Christian school nearby. He is learning so much about letters, sounds, and numbers. This semester they will even start reading and writing. He loves it. He was born in February, so he too will be older.

Janet - posted on 01/09/2009

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Several of the preschool programs in our area offer "Pre-K" classes for the 4/5 set. My daughters have an October birthday so I started preschool at age 3 (in a 2 year old class), and this year they are 4 year olds in a 3's class. Next year they will be in a class designed for children who will be 5 before the year-end, so they will be in a very specific peer group that is much closer in age than these past 2 years.

Kate - posted on 01/06/2009

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Try to look for a place that is licensed for private Kindergarden.  We are sending our Dec 2004 son to private Kindergarden for a year and then to the public Kindergarden that my town offers.  We just thought that repeating Kindergarden versus preschool would be more helpful.  Lots of corporate centers (Kindercare, for example) have private Kindergarden options that have more lax age guidelines.  Good luck!

Trish - posted on 01/06/2009

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My daughter was also born in December 2004, I have her in a preschool through our church. They have "playschool" for 3 & 4 year olds, (which sarah is in now) and next year she will be in "preschool" for 4 & 5 year olds. If you can find a place where live it is worth it!! My son went there for the two years before starting kindergarten this past fall. They teach so much to get them ready for what they need to know in kindergarten. Sarah has made new friends and became even more independent than she already was. I hope this advice is helpful to you. Have a great day!

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