Should I enroll my son in preschool?

Brooke - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I'm a stay at home mother and have taught my son quite a bit at home. He knows his ABC's, how to count, and is FULLY potty trained.. I take him to friends of mine to play with their children but we don't leave the house too often.. So I'm wondering if it would be good to enroll him , even for a few days a week, in a preschool?

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LaDonya - posted on 02/21/2010

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I have my little girl in head start because she was asking for it. Her school is a little different though she is in a homebased program. Her teacher comes to the house once a week and then they have socialization twice a month. Kylie has come a long way. Her teacher says they are covering things that the 4 yr olds are doing. I ended up letting her do it mostly for socialization skills and gradually letting her become more independent. That way it won't be so such a dramatic change next year.

Yolanda - posted on 02/21/2010

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I agree with all of the other mommies my son started in Nov 2009 and although we are a Afrikaans family his preschool is English and he is already speaking English very well, he is learning new things everyday and making alot of friends. Every child needs to be able to play and communicate with other children.

MARIANA - posted on 02/20/2010

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My 3 year old son have been in preschool this year and he loves it.. He has learned so much and have made so many friends and it gives him the opportunity to learn the structure of going to elemantary school.. Good luck!!

Cecy - posted on 02/20/2010

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I think It would be a great idea... my daughter started going since she was 2 years old, she is now 3, and is learning sooooo many things.

Rebekah - posted on 02/19/2010

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I agree with the other comments. My son went into a 3 year old class knowing all his colors, shapes, numbers, letters, etc. I was hoping he wouldn't be bored, but we're halfway through the year and I'm not hearing that at all. There's so much more to learn besides the "academics." I was eager for the socialization it would offer as he's my only child, and although we also go to the park alot and try to do playdates, preschool just offers so much more. Learning to follow directions from another authority figure, the structure of a school setting/schedule, learning to negotiate with other children and work through conflicts, and more independence. Not all schools are alike, but they offer different experiences that I just couldn't replicate on my own...we just went to the Winter Musical at my son's preschool tonight...they got up on stage and sang songs complete with hand motions for the audience of parents & grandparents...it was too cute, and my son was so proud and so excited to be part of something like that. I have zero regrets. Plus, I admit I have benefitted from gaining back a few hours to myself that I sorely needed. I will miss it when summer comes! :)

Definitely take opportunities to visit the ones in your area. This is the time of year when a lot of places seem to open enrollment for the fall (some fill up quickly), so go to the open houses, sit in and observe if you can, and ask lots of questions.

Good luck!

Kristina - posted on 02/19/2010

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I debated sending my daughter to pre-k as well. I'm a stay at home mom and I also work with her to prepare her for school. I finally made the decision to send her. It's only half a day so it will be a nice prep for kindergarten and she will get used to the structure and what is expected of her. The main perk will be the socialization. We go to the park, zoo,and she plays with other kids, but I think she can use a new environment to meet kids. She's very excited to make new friends. Also, it will give you a nice break during the day too. I know what it's like to have no time for yourself.

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I think it isn't a bad idea.. it helps with indepenance and taking instructions from others and listening to someone else.. it also helps with itneracting with other kids his own age. Also it helps with the transition to school... but at the end of the day you know your child and it's your choice. If needed maybe talk to someone from the pre school and find out what they do and if they have much interaction with the big school so you son gets the idea of where everything is so when he goes to grade one he already knows the layout of the school.. like where toilets are etc

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