Starting Pre-School??

Dana - posted on 05/24/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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At what age is too early to start pre-school? Im only thinking 1 or 2 days a week, for a half day or few hours. Im a stay at home mom & think it might be good to get him some lil friends his age & some time for myself..
Watcha think moms??

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Alyssa - posted on 06/11/2011

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i am putting my son (20 months) into school in September, 2 days a week for 2 hours, i deceied to do this because i am a working mom and my mom and mother in law watch him during the week. When my MIL has my son, she also has my 2 nephews (5 & 3) so when he is around kids his own age he doesnt know how to play with them...he is used to playing with older kids because he spends so much time with his cousins. We also go to The Little Gym & Swim Classes which are fun too!!!!!!

CHIKA ADAORA - posted on 06/08/2011

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mine started at 16 months cause am a working mom, it was rough at first but now she enjoys the outing. every mornin she asks for "my bag , shoe" she is having fun and stays at the school for 6 hrs.

Jessica - posted on 06/06/2011

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oh, and Melissa, my daughter is 20 months ont he 11th and she can recognize all of her letters, say a few and say the beginning of the alphabet... so i dont care what research says. I taught her the alphabet at home.

Jessica - posted on 06/06/2011

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no Amy. preschool is not daycare. big huge difference. I am a SAHM and if my daughter didn't have gymnastics, music, swimming, and SMART babies then she would probably go to PRE SCHOOL a few days a week. And when she is around 2.5 or 3 she will go to pre school to get accustomed to a schedule. So no. I dont think its too early. Why dont you try a mommy and me pre school? idk where you live, but the city I live in offers one, as well as the local community college.

Lindsay - posted on 06/06/2011

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None of my kids have ever been to a daycare. However, my oldest is starting Kindergarten this fall and my husband leaves for school for about 2mths right after that, then we move about a week after my husband graduates. So my younger 2 are going to be going to the CDC (daycare on our Military base) once or twice a week to give me a break and get ready for our move. I think it's perfectly normal to want them to have interaction. It gets them involved with other kids and it teaches them a lot of skills that they will need when they start school.

Diana - posted on 06/04/2011

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You can usually start them in preschool at 3 years. It helped my daughter a lot with socialization and I will probably put my son in when he is old enough!

Jamie - posted on 06/02/2011

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I'd think it would depend on the kid. Leave mom for the first time can be very hard. My son started almost a month before he turned 3. He goes Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3 hours. We went with a small place that focused on social/emotional and self help skills. He has made friends (so have I!) and it has been wonderful for his confidence and self esteem.

Jessica - posted on 06/01/2011

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im on mat leave for my second child and have signed up for play groups in our area because i think its important for wyatt (my oldest 19 mths) to be active wtih kids his own age. I am keeping him in daycare part time just for the socialization.

Melissa - posted on 05/29/2011

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I think preschool is all about what you expect to get out of it. Just think of it this way - parents who work have their kids in daycare part time and full time. Kids are ready - it's just what you expect to get out of it. You can build friendships through playdates/groups or even classes. Your local YMCA, park playdates, gymboree or even church classes or meetup.com can help you build those relationships. Also is your child ready to be apart from you and emotionally ready to take orders from someone else?



If you are expecting them to learn something verses have creative and play time in preschool - then you really need to research the facility you expect to put them in as most research indicates that they are not ready to learn things like alphabet and numbers till 3.

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