3 year old preschool

Ashley - posted on 08/29/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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How many of you are sending your child to 3 year old preschool?? I am not.

I have been told diffrent ways each time I ask. I have been told that all it is is a free for all and they dont really do anything that I wouldnt teach them at home.. Sharing, listening, etc. I have also been told that they need 3 year old preschool other wise my child will be behind in school.

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Rachel - posted on 08/27/2013

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My youngest son has been in preschool since he was 2.5
It's not a "free for all" they have a very structured day and they have standards of learning they need to follow as well.
My son has learned a lot with being in preschool.
It also gets them used to being around other kids, following rules of the classroom and it helps get them ready for school.

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I have put my son in preschool for a couple of reasons. First, alternate care was needed...I have started a new schedule at work and school is becoming increasingly demanding. However, I chose a preschool rather than a daycare because I do believe some will focus on teaching in a more structured manner. My son is an only child, so I also knew he needed that social interaction...

Shayna - posted on 09/06/2009

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I think it vareys by state. What your state teachs in school. Here we have to send them to preschool or they will be behind because our schools K-12 don't teach how to write out the letters and numbers and such. They are to know all that when they go into Kindergarden. I am not sending my son to a preschool that is basically a daycare. My son is going to a school where he will learn. Plus the socail part of it will be good for him also.

Liz - posted on 09/04/2009

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I just started sending my daughter to preschool a few weeks ago, she turned 3 In May. We looked at many schools before settling on 1. She goes MFW 8-12, and is still getting adjusted. She doesn't "need" school, but it is good for her. It is true that what they teach you can do at home, but it is more than that. It is the interaction with other children and teachers that you can't do at home. They also get exposed to things that you may not think of at home. It's learning to stand in line to go out for recess or wash you hans before snack. 3 yr. olds don't need school become ready for kindergarten, but like my daughter some need the stimulation that she gets there.

Laquanda - posted on 09/03/2009

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my daughter just started even though she has been in daycare for quite some time. i think it will be good to get her used to other kids and also i learned the hard way.....the first month or so they get very sick as their bodies adjust to germs so now im glad that is out of the way. she comes home telling me stuff everyday that amazes me. now her things is monsters and we dont even watch scary movies.lol. so i guess the kids share stories now. over all i love it.

Tracey - posted on 09/01/2009

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ure child doesn't necarssarily need pre school....it depends on ure child....it does help mixing and sharing with other kid's....she will def not be behind in school!!! my daughter starts pre school at 3 years and 4 month's... but would ave liked t get her in earlier coss she is ready for it.....could ave got her in earlier at a private nursery 4 free but didn't want her to have to change nursery's in 4 months time..

Tricia - posted on 08/31/2009

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Don't get me wrong, I want to send my 3 year old to school all day. But I don't think it is absolutely needed. Much of what you get depends on the schools you see. Some of them have great "curriculums", sometimes I think too much for that age. Others are just trying to watch the kids and get them to play together. I do think there is going to be more pressure at 4 than at 3... but I am not feeling the pressure at 3 other than I do want my boy in school to have an opportunity to play with others, and learn better speech skills.

Beth - posted on 08/31/2009

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I am sending my son to 3 yr preschool mostly for the interaction with other children. I do hope he will learn some things, but we also teach him at home. He will only go 2 days a week for 2 hours a day. I will let you know more after he starts next week. Good luck to you whatever decision you make. I think it depends on the child.

Monica - posted on 08/30/2009

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My son goes to school 3 times a week, for 3 hrs a day. He has been in this very small preschool, for 2 months and he already knows his abc's counts to 13 and tells me all about his day, what he did, what he ate. He whines so much less, and shares with his friends at home during play dates so much better!
The progress in social skills is remarkable I recommend preschool for our children, he goes the bare minimum and the change is very noticeable.

Deidre - posted on 08/30/2009

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In my area there is a special school .EarlyChildEducationAndPreschool program. My friend had her daughter enrolled at 3 and at age 5 she was reading at a 3rd grade level. That was higher than my 10 yr old. So when I was invited to check it out for my now 3 yr old I jumped at this chance! This is an acual school and the only thing I had to do was make sure Darius would be potty trained by sept 09. And yes we did it!

Megan - posted on 08/29/2009

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I'm waiting to send my daughter until next year. She'll be 4. If she doesn't like it, I will just take her out anyway.

I am sending her because she's not around A LOT of children, and when she is, she isn't very nice.
She tested above preschool this year as far as knowing her ABCs and Numbers and talking wise, but they told me they'd recommend at least a year of it for social behaviors and to get to know the 'school' setting.

Celeste - posted on 08/29/2009

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I have had my son in preschool since he was 2 1/2. I have found that it really helps with development. His class is currently activily participating in reading, writing and math skills. As far as social skills, I found that at going to preschool was very help. Learning to share with people outside of our family and using words to express feelings has really helped.

DeeAnn - posted on 08/29/2009

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I have sent my three year old to preschool and I will say it was the best thing ever. But it took a lot of work on my part. I researched he different preschools and I looked for one with an actual teaching curriculumn. I am a teacher so it hels to know what to look for. His preschool is great. He comes home singing the days of the week, he wants to know what time it is, he can list what we are doing or have done in a day, and when we go out to meet new firends he has better social skills. He also loves it. Bad part of preschool is they do come home with bad behaviors that other kids have. Other than that my son loves it and it was my best decision ever.

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