Karen - posted on 07/16/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )
I have a 4 yr. old who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall of 2012. I have a 7yr. old (my oldest) who struggled in Kindergarten because he didn't have preschool. We are in a situation this year that we can't send our daughter to pre-k because of transportation and the fact that we are planning on moving and don't know what county yet to sign her up. We'd have to do the federally funded. Anyway, she has learned a lot from educational shows on tv..She can write about 10 letters, count to 14, knows colors ect. I will be working w/ her at home using a workbook, flashcards, dry erase boards, writing paper, and lots of crafts and activities. I'm not so worried about the learning part as she does well. My biggest concern is her socially. She is fine when I'm with her. She may be shy for 30 min. or so and then she's off playing with everyone. I took her to bible school this week and she was terribly shy. She would only sit with her brother (and I had to force that) for the 1st hr. Then she started playing with other kids too, but her brother was right there with her. I'm trying to find ways to get her around other kids her age that would be close to the idea of pre-k. But there are no play groups up here. Most of the kids who are in this small town will be attending preschool. So i can't really creat a play group. We have no library either. It's a very very small town. i'm hoping we can move to a town where we will have access to all that. But there is a chance it won't happen. So, I was wandering how much of a difference do you see in kids who start with no pre-k experience and those who have gone to pre-k? My son went to a summer program to start him out but they don't have that every year. I'm probably worrying too much but I saw how much pre-k helped my 2nd child, and I went also as a child. I know how much easier it makes it for them.
**Edited** I should also add that at home she is a typical 4 yr. old who throws temper tantrums over everything just about. pre-k took care of that for me with my 2nd son. My 1st child is so old I don't remember how to deal with that to prepare her for K.