Is my daughter too young for school?

Sherry - posted on 10/11/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 22 months and an only child. I signed her up in a church program 2 days a week. I just felt that she needed other children interaction and maybe she would learn something new. I am a stay home mom and just felt that it was getting alittle stagnet at home. I have had muxed emotions about this from friends and family.. Some think she is too young and some say it is a good idea.

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Rhonda - posted on 10/14/2009

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I think it is a great idea, especially since it is only 2 days a week. I am a nurse, but have been at home with my children off and on being a stay at home mom. And when it came time for my 4 year old to start pre-k, me and her both cried for days. She had separation anxiety really bad, which made both of us miserable. Before putting her in school, I had been home with her for almost 2 years. But after about 2 weeks she started loving it, and even gets her clothes out the night before. So I think if you have some time apart from your child now, maybe you won't have to go through what me and my daughter went through. Good luck

Kim - posted on 10/14/2009

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I think just 2 or 3 half days a week helps them with social skill and to become more independent. My twins love school. I think it has to do with me allowing them to go to pre-school. Their loved making friends. Very cute! Also, I feel they learned to trust.

Laura - posted on 10/13/2009

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The program you described sounds very appropriate for her age. As for the crying, that is very common at many ages. My daughter has been in daycare from 18 months (she's 6 now) because I work and she had periods of crying at drop off, even as late as 4 years old. At the same time, she would not want to leave when I would arrive to get her, lol.

Stacy - posted on 10/12/2009

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Sherry,
22 months is a wonderful time in your precious girl's life. Sounds like the program is doing the right things and I can assure you that she is fine once you leave. My daughter cried when I dropped her off too! But I also saw that she quickly calmed down and also talked about the fun she had when she was there. At this age, she is still attached to you as she should be... Over time, she will realize that yes, you will come back and yes, she will have fun while she is there. I would suggest that you figure out if there is a specific teacher who she is getting attached to and enlist the help of that teacher to help my transitions easier. On the way to school, talk to her about how she is going to school today and all the fun she will be having and that she will be seeing Ms. Sally and Ms. Susie or whoever and that when school is over that you will be there to pick her up and you will be excited to hear about all of the exciting things she has done that day... Allow some initial time for drop off and make sure to connect with the teachers afterwards too, so she sees that you like being there also. When you drop her off, you might even help get her settled in with the first activity, like a puzzle or something, and then let her know you have to go to work, school or ... and that might help her to get settled in first... Hope this helps.

Sherry - posted on 10/12/2009

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I do like the program very much. They do crafts, music time, play time, snack time, etc. The teachers are wonderful and very attentive. I am 90% sold on program, only the 10% of me is worried because when i first drop her off in the morning she will cry and get herself all worked up. The teachers always reassure me that once I leave she is fine, and i always drop in at different hours to check in on her myself and she has always been fine. Maybe i am the one more worried about it because it has only been her and I for 22 months???

Stacy - posted on 10/12/2009

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Giving children a chance to socialize is always a good thing! Social and emotional skills are the most important focus for kids prior to kindergarten! Just make sure it is a quality center and know what they are doing (it should be more than just a free-for-all play thing) and go for it! I have worked in the Early Childhood field for more than a decade. If you need some more info, feel free to email me! spetty@coloradomtn.edu

Rebecca ( Becky) - posted on 10/12/2009

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How is your daughter handling it? I think that is the best way to gauge it. Does she look forward to it?
I was a stay at home mom and had a co-op of moms that traded two days each week,For a few hours, having learning experiances an interactive play. We started when they were three.
I now work at a day care. Most of the children that age do very well.as long as there schedule stays the same. They may learn some behavior things that are negative in the process. Just let her know what is and is not acceptable to you.

Cindy - posted on 10/11/2009

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I think it depends on the child and if she is ready.. In ways it is very young but it depends on the program and what they do. Try it and see. You can always take her out and try again in 6 months if it doesn't work. Talk to the people taking care of her during the program and see what they say on her adapting to the program. Then make your decision.

Carol - posted on 10/11/2009

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i think that is to young but it depends on the child i tried when mt daughter was 3 and pulled her out and sent her the next yr when she was 4 and that was better for her

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