I'm sad to let go

Jessica - posted on 08/05/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am sad to send my four yr old to pre k 4 although i think it is a good move. should i keep her home or try it out??

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Kimberly - posted on 08/15/2013

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From the perspective of a teacher and a mom, send your child. It is usually harder on the parent than the child. I taught with Head Start for 6 years and the kids grow so much while they are in preK programs. Socialization is so important, you may have play dates but the larger group of kids is very different. Just be sure they are not using DITTO sheet, they do not teach anything. A toddler or preschooler learns more from free draw than anything. If they draw something ask about what it is and write down exactly what they say on the picture for them. PreK programs work, teachers can always spot students that were in school and those that were kept at home.

Holly - posted on 08/12/2013

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My daughter loved preschool & her teacher, making friends, etc. Was a good move for her. It isn't right for everyone. You are the expert on your child. Carefully study the preschooling available. If there are rave reviews, doesn't hurt to try it. If feel my 5 yr old will be well prepared for kinder. If you don't have a good program in your area, reading at home with them is a great start too.

Stephanie - posted on 08/10/2013

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Try it out . If u keep her home u will be keeping her/him from learning ( I know I had to make a decition like that also) it's hard but in the end it's worth it

Chet - posted on 08/09/2013

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Our kids didn't start school until they were five and a half or six years old. I felt very strongly that they learned more at home, and that the skills we couldn't teach at home (like standing in lines, sitting in circles, doing the same thing at the same time as everybody else) were better left until they were older. The supposed benefits of preK and headstart programs disappear very quickly. These program don't give kids a lasting academic edge. Now, you need to consider your particular child and your unique family situation. However, you shouldn't feel pressure to send your four year old to school. If being at home is working fine you can continue doing that. Our kids learned plenty at home and were very strong students when they started school.

Margarita - posted on 08/08/2013

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Definitely send her. It's 2-3 hrs that fly by if you take an exercise class or get some chores done at home, maybe get that overdue haircut (alas, an eye exam or dental cleaning can be a little harder to squeeze in). Kindergarten is a lot harder than it was in our day, and your munchkin needs to start learning how to follow directions, work in teams, etc. even if she has siblings, it will be a great experience for her to work and play with kids her own age in a more relaxed environment than kindergarten will be. And if it turns out she's not ready, you will learn that too, and perhaps send her to transitional kindergarten next year and have her start kindergarten at 6.

Good luck ;)

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/06/2013

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I'd send her. PreK can be so advantageous for them when they move into the mainstream school system.

Enna - posted on 08/06/2013

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I would send her. I don't know how long it is, but a few hours is probably long enough.

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