pre school

Mary - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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would you be looking for a preschool for yyour child if they
1.already know all basic colors(yellow,black,grey,white,red,pink,blue,purple,brown)
2.already know all basic shapes(heart,star,circle,square,rectangle,octagon,oval,triangle)
3.already can count to 10 in spanish and 15 in english
4.already is very socialable w/ other children and minds adults
5.knows all body parts(shoulders,head,forehead,ears,hair,eyes,nose,mouth,chin,lips,teeth,toungue,neck,chest,arm pit,forearms,wrists,hands,fingers,thumbs,elbows,hips,tummy,back,thighs,knees,shins,ankles,feet,toes,toe and fingernails,big toe,little toe)
6.can count backwards from five

7.recognizes the numbers 1-5 and letters a-d
8.speaks very well
9.can match different objects to one another
10.can basically dress and undress themselves
11.almost fully potty trained

You see my little girl does all these things and not three yet,but,my husband and I cant decide rather or not she needs preschool,i firmly believe she'll be writing by next yr for the simple fact she is so smart and i work with her alot.does she really need preschool?would it be a waste of time?

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Maureen - posted on 03/05/2010

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My older 4 children also could do many of those things before preschool. I purposely sought out a preschool that was play-based rather than focusing on academics. The skills I felt they learned were: following a classroom structure, getting along with different kinds of kids and having different experiences than I might expose them to (field trips, different games, art projects than I would try, etc), independence from me and decision making skills. I didn't want them sitting at a desk learning things they already knew, but I wanted them to have some positive experiences of school a couple days a week before kindergarten. I just signed my July 2007 child up for the same school.
I know some other moms of bright kids who sought out intensively academic preschools to encourage their children in their academic pursuits.And, a couple moms who skipped preschool, or waited until their child was 4 and only sent them a couple days a week.
I think it all depends on what experiences your child would enjoy, and what weaknesses (social? separation from you?) you want to strengthen before they're in school 5 days a week! Good luck!

Bekah - posted on 03/02/2010

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Its really good your daughter can do these things but you have to look at other points of preschool too ! Transitioning is one will she be able to start kindergarden without you ? Can she work well with others without you around ? Its alot to think about good luck

Stacy - posted on 02/28/2010

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i agree preschool is not just for learning all of those things....its for learning to socialize and learning to be on a routine...it gets them ready for actual school.....i maybe don't send her at 3, but I would definately still send her at 4. Its really a personal decision based on what u think is best for ur child, but I will definately be sending mine at 3 and 4. She doesn't quite know all the stuff that you have listed above and she can definately use the socialization. Good Luck!

Michele - posted on 02/27/2010

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Pre School is more than learning all those things. Both of my boys have attended pre-school. They learned routine, and socialization skills. There is nothing better than watching a bunch of 2-3 year olds play together.

Michelle - posted on 02/19/2010

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If your child is doing all of these things then it is not necessary for your child to go to preschool. If you feel like she could benefit learning how the rountines are with going to preschool and socializing in the environment then definitely enroll her. My 1st 2 kids we did not send to preschool cause they were very social, got along well with other kids and knew their stuff. Our third kid failed preschool screening and ended up qualifying for ECFE preschool so we definitely sent him to preschool cause speech wise and developmentally he needed it. He has now excelled very well and will be able to attend kindergarten this fall. With our 4th child we had him evaluated by the county to make sure he is where he should be and he is. So we will not be sending him to preschool.
I don't think it would be a waste of time if you decide to send her. Has she been through the preschool screening? If not have her screened and see what they say. At this time it is all up to you guys. Don't feel pressured by others to send her if you don't think she needs it (and no expert has said she needs it). Just do what you think would be good for her. I am a daycare provider and this is what I advise my daycare family's.

Ala Ala - posted on 02/19/2010

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well, my daughter knew all of those things too before she was three and we did not make her go to preschool then. but when she turned 4yrs we opted to send her to school already so she could socialize and know that it is normal for children to go to school. it teaches routine too. i noticed that she is shy and not too assertive. it may be really just her personality or may be a result of having her just at home. she did not have playmates of her age then.

so, i say just let her stay at home for the mean time and have a regular playdate for her so that she will learn to socialize as well. get her ready for different kinds of kids

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