Is it so bad?

Kristina - posted on 05/05/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My oldest was born on Nov. 12th 2004. I am a sahm and I always have been since she was born so instead of preschool or a day care, my daughter has stayed home with me. She will of course start kindergarten this fall and she is super excited but I think it makes her feel a little left out or something because all of her soccer team mates go to preschool or something. I feel like she is a smart little gal but I wonder if I should have enrolled her in preschool or something. I have cherished the time I have gotten to spend with her these past five years and will miss not having her around all day. What do y'all think? Is it a bad thing that I haven't sent her to preschool?

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Tracy - posted on 05/12/2010

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I think that's great you two got that time together! She will be able to adapt faster if you can get her to go a couple of days a week to a preschool/daycare before she goes this fall. Or at least do some research on what she will be needing to know when she is being placed in kindergarten. The schools do a "see what they know" testing in the beginning, to place them according to their knowledge. They call it the Kindergarten Round Up at our school. I worked, so my son was in Preschool/Daycare four days a week. They all learn at different levels, so you will have to wait and see. Keep reading to her, and practice the alphabet, and her numbers, colors, shapes, etc...Check out books on how to prepare for kindergarten, I did, and it helped.

Orlanda - posted on 05/05/2010

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It has its pros and cons....The pros is that you have been privilleged to be at home with her and that you got to see all her milestones that many of us working moms have missed....The cons is that she will not be used to the routines that schools have but she will make friends really quick and the kids are quite adaptable to changes...Maybe you could consider putting her in a playgroup twice a week in the morning for her to get used to the whole "school" thing. Like I said, you have been one lucky mom and she has been one lucky girl to be at home with you for the past 5 years....Whatever you decide, is for your child's own interests. Good Luck!!!!

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