We are financially unable to put our child in pre-school

Nicole - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 104 moms have responded )

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I am home-schooling my pre-schooler, and I am having a hard time finding a cheap curriculum that will prepare her for kindergarden. She is able to spell her name and count to 47, with a couple of mistakes, and she also knows most of her upper and lower case letters. I just want to make it fun and exciting!

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Jessie - posted on 11/05/2009

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where I am the county offers preschool and if it wasn't for my ex I would have kept my son home, but have you tried going on line to find activities? like PBS kids.org also I know a lot of teachers have the alphabet up and like a wall border along with numbers 1-100 also try a sticker chart a lot of the teachers up here try to do a lot of games and song also if she has a favorite story book start on that for reading at least here they are expected to be able to read the small sentence books by the end of kindergarten

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Oh my gosh Michelle, I cannot believe how rude and ignorrant you are. Nicole you sound like you are doing your absolute best and that is the only thing that counts. Children do not care if they attend a "Blue ribbon school" or public school !!! They have fun and learn equally. Nicole my children have all gone to pre-school, my husband works full time and I attend University, I have friends who have not placed any of their children into care and to be completey honest "They all act the same" Shock Horror Michelle !!!! So do not be so arrogant and evil to mothers that have their children at home.

I think this conversation needs to be more supportive to Nicole and the wonderful jobs all wonderful mummys do every day with or without money.

Take care Nicole, I know its easy to say, but best of luck

Leslie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Quoting Karleen:

Nicole...I wouldn't listen to what some have said to you. In fact, I find it rude unacceptable. Michelle said this: "i dont go for the no roomin the budget if your child needed medical care each month that equaled to the amount of preschool u'd make it work but tha'ts up to you... everyone puts things in different orders of importance"


Nicole- you keep up the hard work. You are an awesome mother who has her priorities straight & you know what's best you & your family.





i'm sorry that we live in a household where are kids are first and most important ....i guess if preschool is a most depends in you live in an area with a good education system ... i'll just keep making room in my budget for the whopper of a tution bill we pay each year to keep our child in a private blue ribbon school *top 10% of the country* since the school ranks leaps and bounds above public school






ouch...just because someone can't afford private schools doesn't mean they don't put their children first. some parents actually pride themselves on helping in the teaching process and taking on the responsibility to teach their children more if the school is not up to the parents standards. Poverty situation... I think I'd rather see food in their tummy's and a roof over their head than be able to brag about a blue ribbon school. I think it's great you can afford it, but realistically not everyone can and that does not mean the children don't come first. How many mothers have skipped meals to ensure their children have food? How many mothers work their fingers to the bone to ensure a roof is kept over their head? How many mothers have had to swallow their pride and ask for assistance? How many mothers have walked miles when a vehicle is broken down and no one is available in order to get to the grocery store? How many mothers go without necessities when a child is sick to be able to afford the doctor bill and medication? I applaud ALL mothers who put their children first!!

Danielle - posted on 11/03/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



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Quoting Nicole:

Thank you for you concern. However, we are un able to pay for pre-school. If it was up to me I would have put her into pre-school last year, simply for the socialization, but there is just no room in the budget.









just keep working with her but i'll be honest you can tell which kids in my sons class did NOT have preschool they are behind no matter how much mommy worked with them... they have ants in their pants which is disturbing to the other kids *teacher has to stop to get them to be still* the non preschools are just behind  and spend the first part of kindy frustrated so be prepared no matter how much you work with her chances are the first part of kindy is going to be hard for her










i dont go for the no roomin the budget if your child needed medical care each month that equaled to the amount of preschool u'd make it work but tha'ts up to you... everyone puts things in different orders of importance












I have to disagree with this post.  My son just started kindergarten this year without ever stepping foot in a preschool and his "mommy schooling" has been just fine.  He was not behind and I just spoke with his teacher the other day and she could not say enough wonderful things about my little man.  She commented on how well behaved he was and how she couldn't get over his wonderful manners.  Don't ever feel bad for not being able to put your kids in pre-school.  AND preschool cannot in anyway be compared to medical care.  That is just ridiculous.









th'ats why the person right ahead of your post is a teacher and said you can tell... tha'ts why i could go in my son's class and point out the 2 that did not do preschool.cuz there is no difference





Michelle, I do not agree with anything that you have said thus far and I also believe that it is ridiculous to compare paying for pre-school to paying for medical care.  My son was not in pre-school or pre-k but once he was in kindergarten his teacher could see how smart he was and could tell that I had worked with him. Now in first grade he is one of the smartest kids in his class. I dont know where your getting your information from. Maybe you spent alot on pre-school and want to believe that you are some how better for it, I dont know but whatever your problem is you should stop being so rude. She did not ask you how she should spend her money nor did she ask for your obviously biased opinion on whether pre-school or home school is the better choice. Have you ever heard the saying if you have nothing nice to say, dont say anything at all? Maybe they didnt teach that in your pre-school.

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Quoting Nicole:

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I am in no way pulling the "poverty card", I was simply responding to a comment made by another individual. I am new to this forum and had not figured out that when I hit reply it replys to the last post not the post I hit reply on! lol Any ways, you are to be comended and I completely agree with you. However, the person i was replying to stated that there should always be room in the budget to send my child to pre-school and i was simply notifying her there is no way it is in our budget at this time.

Thank you Karleen Hatton so much, I was begining to feel a little down from those comments, but your comment helped me to feel much better.



Nicole, You're welcome!  I wish everyone would agree to disagree.  There are no right & worng ways of raising our children.  Unless abuse or neglect is an issue.  As long as we're doing what we think is best and best for our family and children then that's what's important here.  You have two people on here telling two different things.  One highly recommends pre-school while the other prefers homeschooling.   Everyone else tells you you're doing a great job doing what you're doing.  There is no rule that we must send our children to pre-school or Kindergarten for that matter.  If you can, then that's great.  There is no way on Earth I would send my child to pre-school that was just as much as my car payment a month.  LMAO on that one!  I think $150/month is way too high too.  Money or no money,...that's just insane! 



Don't let what people on here say get down or make you think you're not doing the right thing....BECAUSE you are.   Make it a GREAT DAY! :)

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Angie - posted on 11/09/2009

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Quoting rebecca:

JUST AN FYI....that Michelle Thibodeauxis writes on everyones questions and she is mean to everyone..im not sure what wrong with her..i would just ignore her..im trying to figure out a way to turn her in and try to get her kicked off of her..that woman has issues and i feel so sorry for her kids!



Rebecca I have written the moderator directly twice about this and I "mark as inappropriate" every nasty post she sends.  I have not heard anything from the moderator and the inappropriate posts continue.  I'm doing the same thing you are doing - ignoring her.

LaKeshia - posted on 11/08/2009

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Try your local Charter School or church school and don't forget about the library and Half Priced Books.

Jessica - posted on 11/08/2009

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i found that you can get good preschool books at walmart in the coloring book isle. The Dollar General stores sometimes have them too. You can also go on www.pbs.org and print stuff for her and she can play learning games too. Teaching your child can be as simple as seeing a sign in a store and seeing how many letters she can identify. I do this with my two boys and its become a game. They love it!!

Rebecca - posted on 11/07/2009

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JUST AN FYI....that Michelle Thibodeauxis writes on everyones questions and she is mean to everyone..im not sure what wrong with her..i would just ignore her..im trying to figure out a way to turn her in and try to get her kicked off of her..that woman has issues and i feel so sorry for her kids!

Lisa - posted on 11/07/2009

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It looks like you got a lot of posts about curriculum. I would call your local library they often have a "story time" for pre-school aged kids a couple of times a week. It's a fun outing and lasts about an hour. If you make it part of your routine it could help with socialization.

Dana - posted on 11/07/2009

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You are your child's best first teacher...there are lots of sites online where you can get preschool worksheets, etc. No matter what some moms believe, a formal preschool is not required to give your baby a good start on kindergarten! My 3 year old is not in preschool...she did go to the daycare where i worked, but i only worked in the afternoons, not when they had their "learning time". She is learning just from being with her family and other children in church,etc. Socialization is a major issue with preschool children, but you can get that with church, playgroups, etc.

Karen - posted on 11/07/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Quoting Karen:

Check out Headstart in your area. It sounds like she is already making good progress. A couple of things that kids also need to be able to do is use scissors and glue, recognize shapes and colors. Then if she masters that you could move on to the sounds that letters make, although they learn that in first grade.

Here are a few websites with free curriculums, templates or ideas:

http://www.earlychildhoodlinks.com/teach...

Good luck! Karen





you may want to check where you live about the sounds of the letters being first grade work... my sons in kindy and they are already doing that






Michelle is right, I am mixing up the years.  My son learned the sounds of the letters during kindergarten!  Thanks Michelle!

Mia - posted on 11/06/2009

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Sorting activities are good, like others have said shapes and colors should be known. Let her interests guide you. If she likes horses then take her to a farm if you can to see some. Take whatever she is interested in and write it in a circle in the center of a page, list some main topics that she should know about it then look for activities or games that relate to it. If she is interested in why leaves fall in autumn take a walk and gather some. Have her sort through the shapes and colors (press some leaves or make leaf prints with some cheap dollar store paint) count how many she found, hit the library for some books on the subject. If you brainstorm you can come up with plenty of ways to relate her interests to different subject areas. Look for information on sight words and read to her regularly. From what you have said she is probably already fine to get into most schools kindergarten programs but you might want to check what the entrance tests are in your area.

Leslie - posted on 11/05/2009

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Looks like everyone has already suggested what I would lol The thing that sticks out most in my mind was the teacher saying my son needed to practice coloring. Not because coloring outside the lines was a bad thing, but the control needed to color inside the lines went hand in hand with learning to write properly. She told me not to ever insist perfection, but to keep it in mind and work on it with him by encouraging him to color slower.

Debbie - posted on 11/05/2009

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We found that field trips are a really good way to enhance what you're doing. In reality as long as they know their alphabet, numbers to 40, colors and shapes they've mastered everything but the social aspect of preschool.
You can visit the post office, police station, fire station for free if you call ahead, and they'll give you a tour. Several food manufacturing places like the Jelly Belly factory and most cheese factories give free tours (and samples) as well.
Also, if you contact the local homeschool group (most areas have them available for people who continue all the way through and you can find them online or through the local school district), they will have resources and opportunities for them to socialize even if it's just an outing to go bowling or skating.

Vanessa - posted on 11/05/2009

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I was home with my daughter for pre school. i have no doubt that she's learning more at home with you then she would in school. When my daughter started kendergarden she was so far above the rest of the students they wanted to put her in a first or second grade class! And I'm pretty sure you don't need to worry about a "curriculum" as long as she is learning what she's supposed to for her age. I didn't use a cirriculum I just looked up what she should know by kendergarden and added some extras here and there and my daughter was reading before 4yrs. Now she's 8yrs and has never recieved less than an A or 100% in every subject on evry report card. She reads on a 6th grade level and is doing math on a 5th grade level, she plays the violin and belongs to her schools chess club!

Just be consistant and patient when teaching! Read to her a lot, make songs out of words, expose her to lots of different things (through trips to musems, nature walks, the library, movies, anywhere!). And just so she gets some socialization in find out where there are groups of stay at home moms meeting (usually at the library). I'm sure you'll do fine.

Good Luck!!

Vanessa C.

If you want to can contact me directly at vanessa.coggins@yahoo.com

Kryss - posted on 11/05/2009

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i am unsure abt any other moms but ironically...my son knew his name address phone number could count to 78 and knew all his alphabet, he could write all of this and he knew his colors....and we had tons of fun! When he got to preschool.....they wanted him in kindergarden.....try beka or ace its reall cheap for the lower grades ....i am starting to homeschool my son and hes in the 4th grade...through a umbrella school....i wish you the best!

Stephanie - posted on 11/05/2009

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preschool's not necessary. and kindergarten prereq's are pretty simple. counting to 30 and knowing their alphabet, colors, basic shapes, rights and lefts, body parts, dress themselves, tie their shoes, write their name.
Neither hubby or I went to preschool, and none of our three kids did/will either. I taught them their alphabet and a whatnot at home while we were playing. I didn't use any curriculum, just paper and pencils/crayons. :)
if they pass required preschool here in cali, I'll be furious. I want my kidlets to be kidlets as long as possible. I even held my twins out a year and let them start kindergarten when they were 6. and I intend to do that with my youngest too. Once they start school, they have to grow up. Why make them to do that before they have too? let them be little.

Devin - posted on 11/05/2009

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My oldest daughters went to wonderful pre-schools and sounds like you have it down. We recently moved states and couldn't find a pre-k program that warranted me paying the ridiculous amt they wanted so I'm also homeschooling. I found a great program in my area so she could do a gym class once a week with other kids her age.



Also crafts are a big part of pre-school making play-doh and painting if you look on familyfun.com they have great ideas for different holidays and playdate ideas.

Melanie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Some easy, cheap and fun ways to help educate your child. Talking to them. I know most mothers do that anyway. But when you see a dog ask her if she can figure what the beginning sound is, the ending sound tell her the letters those sounds represent. Play eye spy with colours or beginning sounds (i spy with my little eye something that is blue (or starts with 'ch').



Take her grocery shopping with you, before you go make up a list get her to help and make sure she sees you writing - get her to help you 'read' the list and get things off the shelf. If she gets the wrong brand talk about why you buy another brand - show her the numbers on the price and say this is higher/lower so we.......



When driving (taking public transport etc) talk to her about the stop signs, give way signs, walmart signs whatever. Being able to 'read' environmental media is an important step in learning to read.



If you can (i know winter is coming in the northern hemisphere), get her to practise her gross motor skills, balancing - lie a rope/old sheet/line on the footpath whatever, skipping, catching, kicking. Talk about the changing seasons make an autumn leaf collage. Is she interested in something eg animals, dinosaurs - do some research about them - build one out of sand, boxes, clay whatever.



Fine motor skills, ensure she has access to paper, scissors pencils and encourage her to draw and create.



Most importantly read to her. Talk about the way a book goes, we read from left to right use your fingers to point out the words (keep the movement continuous). Get her to 'read' you her favourite story. Make up a story using the pictures from a book/magazine/holiday snaps whatever.



Spend time with her and ensure she feels safe. Do you know other mums with kids - set up play dates or start your own playgroup for her socialisation if you are concerned by it. Prepare her for school by talking about it - this is where you will be going to .... this is what you will do... you will go there after.....(it really helps if there is some sort of marker even if it is a month or so earlier.



Hop it helps and sorry it is so long

Jeanette - posted on 11/04/2009

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I used Time4learning. I loved it. $20 a month and I used it to homeschool 2 of my kids and it taught my pre-schooler everything he needed and more.

Danielle - posted on 11/04/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Quoting Angie:

Ladies, PLEASE. We can all have differences of opinion and not call each other dummie, idiot, dip. We don't need to be so judgemental and horrible to each other. It's very difficult to ask for help but when we are called names and treated so poorly it only becomes more difficult. Please, try to be loving and supportive and not filled with hatred and anger.....






yeah well it someone wouldnt' have attacked me for having adifferent view i wouldnt have called her names..she's goingto call me bias for thinking a child NEEDS preschool so wha'ts the difference in her bias of not doing preschool?






Try to pay attention Michelle, no one attacked you, you are being rude!!  Nicole asked for advice on how to make learning at home more fun for her child.  She did not ask for you to make her feel bad because her child is not in pre-school and she did not ask you how to handle her money.  I am not biased toward not attending pre-school, but I do disagree with your statements that children who do not attend have a hard time in school. My son never cried all day in school. It seems that you are thinking more about what other people think than anything else. If you want a cookie for sending your son to pre-school than fine have a cookie, but dont try to make other people feel bad so you can feel better. As for the name calling, saying that I am a  "dummie" and  an "idiot" just makes you look silly. Oh and fyi, just because I didnt send my son to pre-school does not mean that I have a "poor rock" to crawl under. But I do find your braging about how much money you spend in very poor taste.

Michelle - posted on 11/04/2009

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Quoting Angie:

Ladies, PLEASE. We can all have differences of opinion and not call each other dummie, idiot, dip. We don't need to be so judgemental and horrible to each other. It's very difficult to ask for help but when we are called names and treated so poorly it only becomes more difficult. Please, try to be loving and supportive and not filled with hatred and anger.....



yeah well it someone wouldnt' have attacked me for having adifferent view i wouldnt have called her names..she's goingto call me bias for thinking a child NEEDS preschool so wha'ts the difference in her bias of not doing preschool?

Angie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Ladies, PLEASE. We can all have differences of opinion and not call each other dummie, idiot, dip. We don't need to be so judgemental and horrible to each other. It's very difficult to ask for help but when we are called names and treated so poorly it only becomes more difficult. Please, try to be loving and supportive and not filled with hatred and anger.....

Leslie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Nicole...I wouldn't listen to what some have said to you. In fact, I find it rude unacceptable. Michelle said this: "i dont go for the no roomin the budget if your child needed medical care each month that equaled to the amount of preschool u'd make it work but tha'ts up to you... everyone puts things in different orders of importance"


Nicole- you keep up the hard work. You are an awesome mother who has her priorities straight & you know what's best you & your family.





i'm sorry that we live in a household where are kids are first and most important ....i guess if preschool is a most depends in you live in an area with a good education system ... i'll just keep making room in my budget for the whopper of a tution bill we pay each year to keep our child in a private blue ribbon school *top 10% of the country* since the school ranks leaps and bounds above public school






ouch...just because someone can't afford private schools doesn't mean they don't put their children first. some parents actually pride themselves on helping in the teaching process and taking on the responsibility to teach their children more if the school is not up to the parents standards. Poverty situation... I think I'd rather see food in their tummy's and a roof over their head than be able to brag about a blue ribbon school. I think it's great you can afford it, but realistically not everyone can and that does not mean the children don't come first. How many mothers have skipped meals to ensure their children have food? How many mothers work their fingers to the bone to ensure a roof is kept over their head? How many mothers have had to swallow their pride and ask for assistance? How many mothers have walked miles when a vehicle is broken down and no one is available in order to get to the grocery store? How many mothers go without necessities when a child is sick to be able to afford the doctor bill and medication? I applaud ALL mothers who put their children first!!

Leslie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Quoting Karleen:

Nicole...I wouldn't listen to what some have said to you. In fact, I find it rude unacceptable. Michelle said this: "i dont go for the no roomin the budget if your child needed medical care each month that equaled to the amount of preschool u'd make it work but tha'ts up to you... everyone puts things in different orders of importance"


Nicole- you keep up the hard work. You are an awesome mother who has her priorities straight & you know what's best you & your family.





i'm sorry that we live in a household where are kids are first and most important ....i guess if preschool is a most depends in you live in an area with a good education system ... i'll just keep making room in my budget for the whopper of a tution bill we pay each year to keep our child in a private blue ribbon school *top 10% of the country* since the school ranks leaps and bounds above public school






ouch...just because someone can't afford private schools doesn't mean they don't put their children first. some parents actually pride themselves on helping in the teaching process and taking on the responsibility to teach their children more if the school is not up to the parents standards. Poverty situation... I think I'd rather see food in their tummy's and a roof over their head than be able to brag about a blue ribbon school. I think it's great you can afford it, but realistically not everyone can and that does not mean the children don't come first. How many mothers have skipped meals to ensure their children have food? How many mothers work their fingers to the bone to ensure a roof is kept over their head? How many mothers have had to swallow their pride and ask for assistance? How many mothers have walked miles when a vehicle is broken down and no one is available in order to get to the grocery store? How many mothers go without necessities when a child is sick to be able to afford the doctor bill and medication? I applaud ALL mothers who put their children first!!

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Shapes, colors ,name ,phone ,number, counting to 10,cutting, jumping, stacking, fallowing simple directions, mommy and daddys names, and tripod hold on crayon or pen. this is what is looked for when starting kindergarden. You do need social interaction for your child but i am sure they prob get that already. you are doing great.

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Beth - posted on 11/04/2009

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In my area we can go to the school that our child will be attending when the time comes and get preschool packets. I have not done this yet for my youngest but am going to next week. We also have headstart for "low income" families. Now before you get upset about being called "low income" their financial standards are not the same as for welfare. My sister-in-law and her hubby own their own home, they both work and have vehicles that are less than 2 years old....They qualified!!!

Danielle - posted on 11/04/2009

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Well, okay where do I start? Michelle, first of all I didn't say that you regret spending the money; I said you are obviously biased because of it. Also most people are more than capable of giving their 3 year old an education without taking out a second mortgage but judging from your reading comprehension skills and lack of manners I think you are doing the right thing. Keep up the good work. Hey, its an investment in the future right? They can put "attended extremely over priced pre-school" on their college application.

Jen - posted on 11/04/2009

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I have a friend that home-schools her child. She uses the curriculum books from Barnes & Noble. My daughter is in Kindergarten and I bought the Kindergarten curriculum book, just to enhance her learning. It's a great book, and a minimal cost. They have different ones, but the one I chose was around $13.

Michelle - posted on 11/04/2009

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Quoting Danielle:



Quoting Michelle:




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Quoting Nicole:

Thank you for you concern. However, we are un able to pay for pre-school. If it was up to me I would have put her into pre-school last year, simply for the socialization, but there is just no room in the budget.











just keep working with her but i'll be honest you can tell which kids in my sons class did NOT have preschool they are behind no matter how much mommy worked with them... they have ants in their pants which is disturbing to the other kids *teacher has to stop to get them to be still* the non preschools are just behind  and spend the first part of kindy frustrated so be prepared no matter how much you work with her chances are the first part of kindy is going to be hard for her












i dont go for the no roomin the budget if your child needed medical care each month that equaled to the amount of preschool u'd make it work but tha'ts up to you... everyone puts things in different orders of importance















I have to disagree with this post.  My son just started kindergarten this year without ever stepping foot in a preschool and his "mommy schooling" has been just fine.  He was not behind and I just spoke with his teacher the other day and she could not say enough wonderful things about my little man.  She commented on how well behaved he was and how she couldn't get over his wonderful manners.  Don't ever feel bad for not being able to put your kids in pre-school.  AND preschool cannot in anyway be compared to medical care.  That is just ridiculous.












th'ats why the person right ahead of your post is a teacher and said you can tell... tha'ts why i could go in my son's class and point out the 2 that did not do preschool.cuz there is no difference









Michelle, I do not agree with anything that you have said thus far and I also believe that it is ridiculous to compare paying for pre-school to paying for medical care.  My son was not in pre-school or pre-k but once he was in kindergarten his teacher could see how smart he was and could tell that I had worked with him. Now in first grade he is one of the smartest kids in his class. I dont know where your getting your information from. Maybe you spent alot on pre-school and want to believe that you are some how better for it, I dont know but whatever your problem is you should stop being so rude. She did not ask you how she should spend her money nor did she ask for your obviously biased opinion on whether pre-school or home school is the better choice. Have you ever heard the saying if you have nothing nice to say, dont say anything at all? Maybe they didnt teach that in your pre-school.





and you are an idiot to think i'd regret any penny spent on my sons eduation we pay more in tution for him to be a private school then alot of people pay for a mortgage... plus my 1 year old daughter will be doing to the same preschool my son did once she 's old enough for the 3 year old program

Valerie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Sorry that was a stupid answer! i always thought that you didnt have to pay for school! just call your local schools!

Kellie - posted on 11/04/2009

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If you want to send her to pre-school check with your local public schools. I live in Virginia and the public schools here offer pre-school to children with speech problems and other difficulties for free they also throw other kids who have no learning disabilities into the mix. My son went to a private pre-school at a local church and they offered me financial aid.

Christine - posted on 11/03/2009

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i live in california and am a pre school teacher aide. The program that i work for is a state funded program ran by the school district. It is ofered at low cost but most of the kids are free. You might check with your loucal school districts to see if they of a program like this. good luck keep up the good work.

Jimmilia - posted on 11/03/2009

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Voluntarily Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is free of charge check your state where u live it's a good program

Kerri - posted on 11/03/2009

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sweetie that is what im doing but if u have a store called dollar tree they have books for pre k and flash cards with letters and #'s on them and that might help too but sounds like your doing great with what u are doing

Danielle - posted on 11/03/2009

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In my opinion, sending your child to pre-school is not necessary unless you have to work and can not be at home with her, in which case there are usually programs which can help you pay for it. Otherwise, you can teach your child everything that she would learn in pre-school with more success since you know what your child needs and can go at her pace. They sell workbooks and flash cards that are inexpensive at most drug-stores, and there are so many educational websites and tv programs. You know your child and if you think she needs something like more socialization then bring her to the park or find people with children her age and organize play dates. You seem to be doing a great job. : )

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Wow, sounds like you are doing a great job....my mom did all that with us when we were kids....there really wasn't any "preschool" back then. I would just go to a teacher store if there is something like that near you.....maybe you can look on the web, too. Keep up the good work! and if you're concerned about the social interaction, you always have playgrounds!!

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At Walmart, they have post-its that have the words to recognize by site..the same words that were on the "word wall" in my daughter's kindergarten classroom.

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Quoting Ann:



Quoting Michelle:




Quoting Nicole:

Thank you for you concern. However, we are un able to pay for pre-school. If it was up to me I would have put her into pre-school last year, simply for the socialization, but there is just no room in the budget.







just keep working with her but i'll be honest you can tell which kids in my sons class did NOT have preschool they are behind no matter how much mommy worked with them... they have ants in their pants which is disturbing to the other kids *teacher has to stop to get them to be still* the non preschools are just behind  and spend the first part of kindy frustrated so be prepared no matter how much you work with her chances are the first part of kindy is going to be hard for her








i dont go for the no roomin the budget if your child needed medical care each month that equaled to the amount of preschool u'd make it work but tha'ts up to you... everyone puts things in different orders of importance









I have to disagree with this post.  My son just started kindergarten this year without ever stepping foot in a preschool and his "mommy schooling" has been just fine.  He was not behind and I just spoke with his teacher the other day and she could not say enough wonderful things about my little man.  She commented on how well behaved he was and how she couldn't get over his wonderful manners.  Don't ever feel bad for not being able to put your kids in pre-school.  AND preschool cannot in anyway be compared to medical care.  That is just ridiculous.





th'ats why the person right ahead of your post is a teacher and said you can tell... tha'ts why i could go in my son's class and point out the 2 that did not do preschool.cuz there is no difference

Amy - posted on 11/02/2009

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where i live the have a universal pre k curriculum. the state pays for like 2 to 3 hours of schooling. my daughter is attending it now. look up on the internet for free pre-k classess in your area see if you have any. thats how i found her school. she goes to school for 3 hours a day and she learns new things everyday it also teaches them to socialize with other kids. have a great night

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Usually you can qualify for headstart program through your local department of human resources. They can tell you where to go. Also try churches that have preschools. They usually grant scholorships to those in need weither its a full or partial. My children have hadtohave help as well. We have had a full scholorship forthe last 4 years now.(2 children now). Hope this helps and Good luck!

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Quoting Michelle:



Quoting Nicole:

Thank you for you concern. However, we are un able to pay for pre-school. If it was up to me I would have put her into pre-school last year, simply for the socialization, but there is just no room in the budget.





just keep working with her but i'll be honest you can tell which kids in my sons class did NOT have preschool they are behind no matter how much mommy worked with them... they have ants in their pants which is disturbing to the other kids *teacher has to stop to get them to be still* the non preschools are just behind  and spend the first part of kindy frustrated so be prepared no matter how much you work with her chances are the first part of kindy is going to be hard for her






i dont go for the no roomin the budget if your child needed medical care each month that equaled to the amount of preschool u'd make it work but tha'ts up to you... everyone puts things in different orders of importance





I have to disagree with this post.  My son just started kindergarten this year without ever stepping foot in a preschool and his "mommy schooling" has been just fine.  He was not behind and I just spoke with his teacher the other day and she could not say enough wonderful things about my little man.  She commented on how well behaved he was and how she couldn't get over his wonderful manners.  Don't ever feel bad for not being able to put your kids in pre-school.  AND preschool cannot in anyway be compared to medical care.  That is just ridiculous.

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Nicole, I'm a preschool teacher, and you can always tell the children that have been in preschool before. However, that said, it is fairly easy for them to catch up socially. It usually takes a few months. We have been in school since the first week in September, and most of my students have adjusted. We have a curriculum, but it is awful. I wind up surfing the net to suppliment.

If you want to send your daughter to preschool, then you could look into becoming a preschool teacher or assisstant. I began teaching so that my son could go for free. Now, our program requires each employee to pay half price for each child that attends. It is still a great deal. I get to work a little, make a little extra money, and my son is at school the same hours that I work.

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Try a church based preschool My son goes to one, and he is doing excellent. I didn't think that we could afford one until I found this one. It's only 110.00 a month. He only goes 3 hours a day for 3 days, but he loves it, and is learning too. They take field trips, and have people come in and speak to them, and do all sorts of fun school stuff.

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Katherine Higuet : you're just full of sunshine aren't you!







Michelle Thibodeaux : So glad to hear that you have your priorities straight in your house hold! While your spending a fortune on your childs education, you might want to think about adding a few grammar classes for yourself. Unfortunately for you, common sense isn't taught.

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YOU CAN GO TO YOUR LOCAL WELFARE OFFICE AND THEY HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED ON THE LOCAL PROGRAMS THAT CAN HELP YOU PUT YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL. THE YMCA IS ALSO A GREAT RESOURCE... BUT IF YOU ENJOY HOME SCHOOLING LIKE I DO, YOU CAN ALWAYS GET REAL CHEAP BOOKS AT PLACES LIKE DOLLAR TREE. I HAVE FOUND A BUNCH OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL THERE AND IT DOESN'T HURT THE POCKET AT ALL.

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The term after your child turns three you are entitled to free playschool sessions.

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Quoting Karleen:

Nicole...I wouldn't listen to what some have said to you. In fact, I find it rude unacceptable. Michelle said this: "i dont go for the no roomin the budget if your child needed medical care each month that equaled to the amount of preschool u'd make it work but tha'ts up to you... everyone puts things in different orders of importance"


Nicole- you keep up the hard work. You are an awesome mother who has her priorities straight & you know what's best you & your family.


i'm sorry that we live in a household where are kids are first and most important ....i guess if preschool is a most depends in you live in an area with a good education system ... i'll just keep making room in my budget for the whopper of a tution bill we pay each year to keep our child in a private blue ribbon school *top 10% of the country* since the school ranks leaps and bounds above public school

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I have been thinking about you a lot, Nicole. I would suggest that you contact your local public school and ask what your child needs to know before kindergarten. Believe me, any kindergarten teacher would be thrilled to know that you are interested in the education of your child and will likely be willing to give you the information you need.

Nicole - posted on 11/01/2009

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Katherine Higuet

I am in no way pulling the "poverty card", I was simply responding to a comment made by another individual. I am new to this forum and had not figured out that when I hit reply it replys to the last post not the post I hit reply on! lol Any ways, you are to be comended and I completely agree with you. However, the person i was replying to stated that there should always be room in the budget to send my child to pre-school and i was simply notifying her there is no way it is in our budget at this time.



Thank you Karleen Hatton so much, I was begining to feel a little down from those comments, but your comment helped me to feel much better.

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I would look into state funded preschools. I don't know where you are located but I live in Everett, Wa and we have an ECEAP program that is free to qualifying families of 3 and 4 year olds. It is a great program that provides all the necessary acedemic as well as social skills to prepare them for kindergarten. They also provide support for the families with First aid and CPR training, job/resume resources, and other support groups. I hope your search goes well for you and your preschooler.

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