So my daughter wants to go to school but isnt old enough any ideas on what to do with her

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Heather - posted on 04/23/2010

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My aunt had this problem w/a couple of her kids, and she started "mommy school". =) The kids would get up and dressed each morning, had backpacks and everything. They'd have a structured, preschool like morning with learning and craft activities, story and song time, talk about days of the weeks, months, shapes, colors, etc... just like at a preschool program... except you don't have to spend $$ on it! =) There are lots of coloring pages and little worksheets you can get online and print off for her, too. Good luck!

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Crystal - posted on 04/20/2010

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homeschool i have found a website that have 3 yr im think abt doingit for my daughter instead of sending her to school i dont really trust to mean people with my daughter plus her daddy is getting ready to deploy so i thinkits better for her to be with me instead of being away from bother her parents at one time there are more u just have to look to find the on hte web

https://www.abchomepreschool.com/products.php?category_id=15

April - posted on 04/19/2010

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my 2 year old and i just do fun activity's at home that is kind of like school we do flash cards of the alphabet and numbers one threw 10. we also spend one week on one letter of the alaphabet we color the letter and then we color things that start with that letter all week. when we go up and down the stairs we count them and we do puzzles we learn the names of animals and the sounds they make and one of her favorite things to do is what we call a nature walk. We get a little bag and we go on a walk and she gets to find objects that she thinks are cool or we search for stuff that is a certain color and she gets to put it in her bag and we look threw it when we get home. hope this helps you

Dawn - posted on 04/19/2010

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Kristen,

How old is she? If she is old enough for pre-kindergarden, put her in that. Otherwise, check with your park district for classes relating to something she likes...dance, art, music, sports, etc. Sometimes, they also offer foreign languages too. I started classes for my son when he was 4. He tried Spanish classes, magic classes, sports, Taekwondo, etc. Also, if you have a KinderCare in the area, they are an excellent school and offer many options...Kindermusic, hooked on phonics, hooked on math, karate, Muzzy Spanish classes, piano lessons, etc. Maybe try one to two days a week for a few hours a day.

Good luck to you!

-Dawn

Amanda - posted on 04/17/2010

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I agree with everyone else, try preschool. I am not sure where you live, but where I live the local school district actaully almost all the school districts where I live have special needs preschool. Your child does not have to be a special needs child, they look at have an even ration of typical children to special needs children. a lot of the special needs chlidren may have sensory issues, speach things like that. They get a education, and they prepare them for Kindergarten especially since standards have changed and are in the process of chaning in two years making even more crazy for Kindergarten children. The school district I am in its $100.00 a month, other cities around me range from 110-125.00 a month. They start with children at age 3, but they must be potty trained if they are a typical child. Then usually the 3-4 year olds go in the morning and the 4-5-6 year olds go in the afternoon. I would really look into your local school district like i said not very many people realize that they offer a preschool program. By the way, they are all teachers with a masters Degree, and spec. with young children.

Debbie - posted on 04/17/2010

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Congradulations! The fact that she wants to go to school shows that you have taught her well and that she is hungry for new learning experiences and social experiences. As a illiteracy tutor for the past 15 years, I LOVE to hear mothers talk about preschool children wanting to go to school. You have several options: 1. You could pay to have her go to a preschool (if you choose this option, make sure that the school teaches the children kindergarten preparation skills...not all day care centers are the same, many are just babysitters). 2. You can structure a school at home along with a backpack, school supplies, schedule of lessons and "field trips" to places like libraries, zoos, museums, etc. If you choose this option, check for online help through site like Starfall.com. Gear your teaching around your daughter's specific interests. 3. You can organize a neighborhood "Preschool" with several friends. Twice a week for three hours, all of the children (usually 3-4 children) will go to mother of a child's home and will be taught a lesson. The group of mothers then take their children on play dates at the park, fields trips to zoo, library, etc. One advantage is that twice a week on the dates that you are not teaching, you will have some alone time to yourself. No matter what choice you choose, focus heavily on teaching your child reading skills. As a literacy tutor, I cannot emphasize the importance of teaching children letter recognition, phonic skills, writing skills and blending words and reading skills before kindergarten. It is a foundation that will help your child when she goes to school and throughout her life. Helping her to develop a love of reading through reading to her is critical. When a child loves what is in books, they want to learn to read. Without that desire, it is very difficult to successfully teach a child to read. One of my favorite tutoring tools for toddlers, preschool children and elementary age children who cannot read or who are struggling to read is the "Your Baby Can Read" program. It does cost some money to invest in but it is the best program that I have used to teach toddlers and preschool children to read. Good luck with your amazing daughter. She has a very bright future ahead of her.

Melissa - posted on 04/17/2010

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My community offers programs for toddlers and preschoolers. It's great. You should try it!

D. Patrice - posted on 04/14/2010

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We had the same issue with Christy. Buy educational dvd's for kids. Christy picked up on SIGHT WORDS fast! You can also try websites that have preschool work that's very easy to do with your kids. One example is: SchoolExpress.com. Hope that helps a little! She's gorgeous.

Julie - posted on 04/11/2010

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i homeschooled my toddlers.private school i couldn't afford.i bought books at dollar tree,target.family dollar.half price books.go to museums,library for reading time.a section of our home look like a class room.the basics.color ,shape,letters.sight words are great.it's also quality time.

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Buy her a backpack and let her fill it with a whole bunch or toys or whatever. Make sure it's one that she will like. Start helping her write her name on a piece of paper or on a birthday card for a cousin or friends. That's what I'm doing for my daughter and she loves it.

Tara - posted on 04/09/2010

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I agree if she can't get in you can always find information off the internet to prepare her for school.

Patricia - posted on 04/07/2010

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Try a storytime at your library you could also do some school like activities with her at home that will help get her ready as well as playdates and trips to the playground the first few years focus mostly on social skills academics come later but reading to her every day is great as well as puzzles and age appropriate board games have fun and be glad she wants to learn and is not afraid to separate from you!

Renae - posted on 04/03/2010

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If you have the opportunity to spend time with her, I suggest basic homeschooling.You don't have to purchase a curriculum. "Starfall.com" is a homeschool website and teaches letters, reading, sign language, etc. My 3 yr old is pre-reading and it is mostly because of this site. We set up time to do "school" with him just like his brothers, kids are sponges at that age. We also use dry erase boards with all the kids to save paper, or slip pages I print off the net into sheet protectors and use dry erase markers on them so they can be wiped off and reused. You can find out which alphabet your school district uses (we use D'Nealian-it transitions to cursive easier) and teach that one. Talk about everyday things like it is a learning opportunity; sorting laundry becomes color awareness, doing dishes and cooking are science. We also have a membership to a nearby natural history museum, and we go every few months. They offer classes for toddlers that are cheap or free for members.

Jenny - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son attends a preschool/daycare that starts accepting kids as long as they are two years old and potty trained. It is a private preschool at a local church - you might check around for one in your area! They have preschool in the am and daycare in the afternoon.

Bernie - posted on 04/01/2010

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my son wanted to go to but hes only just turned 3! we put him in a daycare and told him it was school!

Katarina - posted on 04/01/2010

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Is she old enough for preschool, or preK? If nont try p/t childcare that leads towards more of a structured learning enviroment.

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