What do people think about pre-school?

Sarah - posted on 01/22/2011 ( 116 moms have responded )

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I was wondering what people think about pre-school? Do kids need it to get ready for kindergarten or is it best to stay home with mom until kindergarten? Do kids get bored at home and need pre-school to enrich their environment? What age is best to go, some start at age 3? What does everyone think?

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Melissa - posted on 01/30/2011

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All three of my children went to preschool. It was the best investment my husband and I ever made. They gained social skills, respect for other adults, and were well-prepared for Kindergarten. All three of my kids went into Kindergarten knowing how to write the alphabet and numbers, and were reading and spelling. I also found I appreciated them more and did more hands on parenting with them, because I missed them a lot when they were there.

Janice - posted on 01/30/2011

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I think Pre-school can be great if it suites your child!!
I have signed my daughter up to start preschool when she will be 2 1/2 for 2 sessions a week (3 hours a session), then when she is 3 she will get 15 hours a week (term time) free funding, so she will do 5 sessions a week.
I went to loads of pre-schools with my daughter to see how she reacted to them, and if I liked what I saw (as well as reading OfStead reports, & speaking to parents of children who already attend)!!!
We have decided to send Lydia to a Montessori school, as I preferred their teaching & learning methods to the usual pre-schools!!!
Lydia and I do a lot of things together, and make sure we go out to a different activity everyday (Action Kids (P.E), Happy House (Music & dance), Toddlers, Church group, Football, Messy play etc), so I feel like she has had a rounded start, and that she will be ready to move onto pre-school by September!!!
Good luck with your decision!!!

Sharyn - posted on 01/30/2011

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My little girl is 2 and she goes to preschool three times a week 5hrs each day ... it helps her socialise and learn things that i cant teach her at home (i work from home) ... i've found that she has changed, she is a lot more giving now and happier ...

Michelle - posted on 01/29/2011

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It all depends on your situation and your kid. I put my 3 year old in pre school 3 afternoons a week this year. I was hoping it would help his speech (which was developing a little slow), improve his social skills, and give him a little time to do stuff with other kids his age (we have a newborn and a nearly two year old). It has. It's only 2 hours a day when he goes. Not all kids need pre school. It doesn't hurt, it's not a requirement, but it can be helpful to some. At what age depends on the kid too. Some kids are not ready to be separated from you at 3.

Sherri - posted on 01/29/2011

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Don't say no child NEEDS preschool some do and my youngest is one of them!!!! I am a preschool teacher and my youngest was having a lot of trouble learning at home. He is very behind and needed to go to school to learn. He did 100% better learning in a school environment and is finally catching up from being so far behind. If he hadn't gone to preschool he would not be able to survive in Kindergarten next year. So maybe your child didn't need preschool but a lot of children do.

Schmoopy - posted on 01/29/2011

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No kid "needs" preschool. That's why it's not required. My DD was def not ready for it. She didn't separate from me comfortably at all. And she had plenty of opportunities to socialize with me by her side. Now that she's almost 8, she's very social and separates with ease. I believe she's a happy and secure child now because I gave her the time she needed to separate on her own terms.

Sherri - posted on 01/29/2011

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Yes they do need it in my honest opinion. It helps with getting ready to know what to expect in a school setting. Respecting others, raising your hand, being quiet when needed. It gets them prepared for Kindergarten. I think between 3 and 4 is perfect. It will also help with letters, projects, numbers, writing, learning how to write their name. etc.

Becca - posted on 01/28/2011

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I am a big preschool fan. I think that is because that is what I did for work before I had my son :-) I think that kids need to learn how to interact with other kids, and in most preschool they also start learning to sit and listen which prepares them for kindergarten, I think. An issue I will be having is whether or not to send my son to preschool around here or try and get into a homeschool preschool group. I have a couple years, but I am a little worried because there are not that many "great" preschools that don't cost an arm and leg in my area.
Like I said, I am a big fan of preschool. I also love that age because they are learning so quickly and it fun to watch! I think the age thing all depends on when your child turns 3. My sons bday in February so he will start prek, if he goes, when he is 4 instead of doing two years of it. We may consider sending him at 3 1/2 for half time, but I'm not sure.
Just thinking about preschool with my son makes me a little sad. Like I said, I have a couple years, he will be 1 in two weeks :-) I just wanted to weigh in from a prek teacher point of view!

Felicia - posted on 01/28/2011

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my son will be 2 and a half in a few weeks and I put him in a "playschool" for 2 hours a day 2 days a week a few months ago just to get him around other kids and to get used to taking instructions and jsut to have him experience that environment in general. I love it and so does he. He is so excited to go. I can't brag it up enough. He knows his colors, about half the alphabet, and can count to 14. He identifies numbers and letters wherever we go and can tell me words that start with some of the letters he knows. He comes home and sings all kinds of songs and tell me all about things he has learned. There are many times throughout the day that he shows the things he is learning without him even knowing. I found that its a perfect amount of time spent per week too. I had a really hard time the first few time si took him. I am a stay at home mom and I have never really been away from him and I really didn't want him to go more than 2 days a week for a long period of time and when I found this place I knew it was just what I was looking for. As far as do they "need" to go, I don't think they need to until the year before they go to kindergarden. These days, at least from where I am from kids go into kindergarden knowing thier ABCs and numbers so I think it needs to be done at least a year prior, but its a great idea to get them in there early if you can find something like I have been lucky enough to find. Good Luck!!

Erin - posted on 01/28/2011

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I love pre-school. for two and a half hours, four times a day, I get peace and quiet. I get to tidy, I get to nap, I get some ME time!
She gets to socialize and make friends, and when she comes home with a new painting, she gets to feel proud of what she accomplished. I love it :) Ive only had to keep her home a few days from it, because she wasn't feeling up to it, (not including colds etc) otherwise she loves it!

Amy - posted on 01/28/2011

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I didn't go to school until first grade. I was going to college part time when a junior in high school. I think I did just fine. I do not think preschool is necessary at all. I don't know how my daughter could get bored at home. Between coloring, crafts, play dough, cooking with me, helping me clean [dusting and wiping down trim with wet wipes she loves. no idea why. i don't argue, just let her do it!]. I think the reason my husband wanted my daughter to go was to be around other kids more. She went at three, but I wish we would have waited until 4. Actually considering keeping her home next year since she misses kindergarten by a few months. All in all, I don't think you need it. If it cuts daycare costs or works out for both you and child, great.

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It depends on the parent and what that parent does all day. We never sent our kids to preschool since by the age of 2 or 3 they had preschool mastered and it bore them. My kids have all started school early and are doing wonderful. We homeschool so we do a lot too. My kids love to talk and meet people. We go on lots of field trips, and they have extracurricular activities as well. My kids still have their friends but preschool doesn't offer US anything. For parents that are always working or busy then yes. For parents that already teach their kids at home then it is up to you if you really think they need it. However, you WILL run into people both for and against preschool. I think parents can teach their kids just fine at home. As long as you like getting out, meeting new people, have friends, (the child to) and do things then you can enrich their environment just fine at home. They don't require much for kindergarteners. All you need to know to pass is the basics. Shapes, colors, the complete alphabet, #1-20, order, and patterns. They teach the same thing in preschools. Good luck and I know you will make the best choice for you and your child. Take what we all say as our own opinions and remember.....Opinions is like air, everybody breathes it. (ok my variation but how do you say the poop hole nicely on here. LOL )

Jane - posted on 01/28/2011

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It depends on how involved the parent is with the child. Are there opportunites for socialization and learning to take turns, respond to directs, etc. Does the parent read to the child, teach numbers, colors, letters and basic skills? Kindergarten is not just a play school any more, kids are expected to begin reading etc. The more they know before they go, the better they will do.
My kids did not go to PreK. But they were both reading and knew colors and numbers before K. Parent involvement is key.

Shannon - posted on 01/28/2011

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it is the best thing for mom and child. at preschool you and stay and graduley leave. it is most important for social skills. they have to learn how to interact with childern and other adults.

Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2011

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I am an educator teach a UPK class. I also have a 2 1/2 year old daughter. I am not sure if I am going to send her to pre-school. I think pre-school is good if children go part-time a couple hours a day/week. However if they go all day long from 7:30-5 or 6 it is a long day for them. I understand that parents work and need the money...I think if you can spend all the money for pre-school you can send them a half of day and hire a babysitter for part of the day. While the kids do get socialization...sometimes they need individualized attention from adults. They just can't always get that in a class with 16-24 kids and 2 adults in a room.

M. Rose - posted on 01/28/2011

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I think everything Jennifer H. said is SO TRUE. My son is 2 in Feb and he already knows his letters, sounds, numbers 1-9 and shapes (we're still working on some colors)... but the other aspects of social interaction is so important. We're considering some type of moms group or maybe pre-school/daycare (and I slash it b/c it IS essentially the same. A good daycare will teach some basic things in not so much of a structured way just like a mom would. I worked at 3 different ones and yes as the first poster said as far as learned you can do the same at home). But being the willful way my son is, he needs to learn there are other people in the world and he needs to wait, take turns and care about others feelings. Yet, it is expensive so if you can do any other social things regularly, I'd say skip preschool.

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Personally both my husband and my family have only done what we call primary (the first year they are in school)

I'm a SAHM and we do regular playdates. My sister who was 10 years younger, was also kept at home. Her and i played school at home and she is now the top in our province, and is in 1st year university this year.

I see no reason other then if you already have your child with a babysitter to use preschools etc. It's basically a glorified babysitter.

Shelley - posted on 01/28/2011

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I live in Australia, and here you start pre-school when your child is 3 and 3/4. And it is just 1 day a week for only 3 hours. That's it. Only 3 hours a week.
Then, when the child turns 4, they start kindergarten which is 4 days a week (4 half days).
Then, we start school at 5.
In America, do you start school at 5 too?
I have been a Stay at Home Mum for nearly 4 years now and I love it!
We have a 3 and a half old, a 2 year old and a 4 month old.

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2011

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Kristine, i think that is a great idea! you get the benefits of both sides. I am undecided whether or not ot send my daughter next year, as it is costly, and the teacher in my town has no more qualifications than myself. I think it is great to teach kids independance, and structure, but is only really useful if your child is struggling with those to begin with. Socialization is important too obviously but play dates and playgroups can also do the job of teaching your child to play together and share, and how to interact with other children.

Julie - posted on 01/27/2011

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Home is the first and best school and mommie the first and MOST IMPORTANT teacher!
Keep those littl eones home as long as you can - I did it both ways (had 5) and I would give anything to go back and keep them home as long as possible.
It makes SUCH a difference in their emotional well-being and security -
Have fun with them while doing it ... teach them what hey would learn at pre-school. Turst me, they are going topick up LOTS of things at preschool that you don't want them to, and I'm not just talking about germs!

Sarah - posted on 01/27/2011

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My son is in pre-school and because he's a December baby he will go this year and next year. He loves going to school. The minimal time he is there has given me more time to spend with his younger sister. It's our time to shop, read, play games, go to the park, etc. The T/TH program goes from 8:30 -11:30 and it costs $105 a month - not bad in my opinion. I also spend time with him here at home working on his numbers, letters and reading. So preschool is more for the socialization and getting used to a class environment.

It's certainly an individual choice. It's not necessary - but I really don't see it as a negative either. My daughter is eager to join him and go to school.

Good luck!

Hadiza - posted on 01/27/2011

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My daughter was going 2 days a week at 2 and half but now that she is 3 she goes full days. She loves it and is learning so much. I do feel sometimes that it may be too much for her but when I keep her at home all she wants to do is watch tv and ask me to play with her all day. At school she gets to learn and play. But I miss having her at home.

Jamie - posted on 01/27/2011

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Some children that do not have preschool experience struggle when they get into kindergarten because they cannot write their name, know shapes, colors, or recognize numbers (1-100). Parents have the misconception that their children will learn this in kindergarten. Children have to begin learning sight words and reading in kindergarten now. I am an Early Childhood educator in Head Start currently and I can say that preschool experience is almost a necessity. Besides learning to write, shapes, numbers, and colors, the children are taught socialization skills. Preschool is a wonderful experience and you might find that your child will enjoy mking knew friends and be so proud to show you what he/she has worked on at school.

Karen - posted on 01/27/2011

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I have sent all 3 of my kids to preschool(my youngest is still in preschool). All three started at age 3, but my 2 younger ones were almost 4).My girls needed it. They needed special services. I also think it's good for socializing skills. My kids don't have friends outside of school. Kids need a break from theirs parents just as much as parents need a break from their kids. Preschool brought my girls a long way. I'm very glad I sent them to preschool.

Brandi - posted on 01/27/2011

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I think it depends on the child. My daughter was READY for preschool when she was 3. She was potty trained, knew all her letters/numbers and was learning the sounds of letters. She ONLY had boys to socialize with in our family, so I enrolled her for some positive socialization with other little girls. I thought the routine might benefit her as she NEEDS a solid routine. On the other hand, my son is almost 3. I do not plan to enroll him in preschool right away. He is not potty trained (but we're working on it). He is not interested in school, he is still learning his letters/numbers. Has LOTS of socialization with boys and his sister, doesn't need that same structured routine, but i'm sure he will adapt well to it when it's time. You know your child(ren) best. So just do what you think is right.

Jenny - posted on 01/27/2011

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Kids need education from the beginning. If you are busy mom then kids need Preschool. I taught preschool fof about 15 years before staying home with mine and going back to school. Kids also need socialization so you have to be careful as to where you send your kids. Some schools call themselves preschool but they are truely overpriced daycares. There is a difference. My son goes to a part time preschool more for the socialization because I work with him at home. But if you are a mom that has time to work with your kids at home, attend playgroups and expose your child to real world things, then NO kids do not need preschool. Either way, kids need preparation for kindergarten, but homeschooling preschool or sending your kids to preschool is your choice, either will be a great one!

Brennis - posted on 01/27/2011

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I think it depends on the child. Some will benefit in an environment with other children, mine loves her daycare, but only goes 2 a week.

Also, depending the state you live in there may be a Requirement for them to go. I believe in TX i am required to enroll my daughter in some type of "school" environment. Both so she won't have as much trouble separating from me, and to help make sure she is where she needs to be development wise. I am slightly insulted about the 2nd reason, but i understand.

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Preschool is actually not a good thing for kids! Kids do better the longer they are with their moms, especially boys. Look at the way education was done back in the 1700s. Children went to school from about 8 years- 14 years old. If they went to college they graduated at 18. Most children by the time were 12 could speak and read at least 2 languages. They were able to run businesses by themselves with very little oversight. If you compare education today with education a mere 300 years ago you'll find that it has fallen drastically short. Today we send our kids to preschool as early as possible, we encourage them to stay in school untill they're in their early 20's. Keep your kids out of school as long as possible. Teach them at home and they will bypass their peers by grade levels. (homeschooling provevs this). Seriously, don't do preschool!!!

Nikki - posted on 01/27/2011

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I have 2 honor roll students who did not go to preschool. Plus they went to 1/2 day kindergarten. So if you can I would choose time spent with Mommy over pre-school.

Tara Lee - posted on 01/27/2011

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I will not be putting my daughters in pre-school, they will be in school long enough...jk to 12, to start, that's 14 years...if I think they need further social skills before school, I'll send them to day care, where it is less structured...This is just my opinion...

Donna - posted on 01/27/2011

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Difficult one, it depends on what you want from it. The educational side is a good place to start, there have been numerous studies that heve conclusively shown that there is no benefit to early reading, writing etc by the time a child reaches 8. Concentrating on this often excludes learning in other areas which I personally view as more important.
I just talk to mine and encourage questions, so from the earliest times I am fielding the strangest questions about the world and everything they encounter. This love of learning is the most vital part of a child's development before the age of around 6.
I do not suggest that this means pre-school is the wrong way to go, on the contrary m,ine all attend (or will) but I have looked for a homely environment where learning through play is the preferred teaching method. They feel that knowing the alphabet when they leave is a bonus not a requirement. However they do produce children who question, but know also how to sit and listen, can play alone and in groups etc.
Find the right place and it is wonderful and stimulates children in ways you really cannot, as you have other things to do too!
Mine go at age 3 btw, as we get 3 hours a day free

Nancy - posted on 01/26/2011

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I've been back and forth on this as well. I almost sent my one and only baby when he was 2, but eventually decided not to b/c I felt like I would still be missing so much. Now I'm starting to think about it again for next fall when he will be 3. My biggest reason is b/c I think he needs to hear 'directions' and 'no' from someone other than (mostly) me and his father. I've tried mom groups and these just haven't been working as well as I hoped. My 2.5 year old has also known his abc's, 1,2,3's, colors and shapes (including hexagon, octagon etc) since b/w 12-18 months. He's also extremely verbal, so I know I'm doing a good job, but I think twice/week @ age 3 will give him some socialization and other opportunities that I am unable to provide. Although, I will miss him terribly (he's our only one and a surprise at that) and that is when I rethink the whole idea!

Stifler's - posted on 01/26/2011

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I went to kindy then preschool. It's good for social skills. I'm pretty sure they don't even go for that long anyway and not every day of the week so it's definitely a good thing IMO.

Kylie - posted on 01/26/2011

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hi, before i had my son i was an early childhood teacher. and since i have been working as a teachers aide in a primary school. my son is 2, and will be going to preschool soon. i am sending him because he needs to have that social interaction with children his age, and learn those skills. also you can tell in kindergarten which kids had pre-school and which haven't. most parents send thier kids when they are 2 or 3, so they can learn those skills.

Fallon - posted on 01/26/2011

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I don't know if you have read the requirements for children to pass kindergarten but they are a lot higher than when we were in school. My son has to know things that I didn't know until I was finishing 1st grade. I would recommend it because most kids these days go and you don't want you child to start off behind in school because everyone else but him/her went. Where I live children go to preschool for 2 years prior to kindergarten and the school's cut off for age in school is 5 years by dec 2nd. My son will be 5 Nov 17th, so not only is he young but because we just moved here he will be going to school with only 1 year of preschool,s o he is already behind. He was the only one in his class that couldn't write him name when preschool began this year.

Dusty - posted on 01/26/2011

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Personally I put my daughter in Headstart. She's 3. I think they need that social enviroment, to get to know other children & how how the system works. Personally not so much about kindergarten, but it's their social skills, & so that they'll learn how to interact with other children!!! About washing their hands before & after meals, potty time, goin play! We teach them that at home, but these are other people teaching them that, & they see other children doing it! My daughter is so different now that she's in Headstart! Because it's not like a daycare, it's school! They learn the ABC'S, & whatever is on their level! If you think your child is ready for pre school, & they're ready to make friends, & kinda get them into a different enviroment, try it! If you don't like it, pull them out! Talk to your local school board office about your options! I was nervous about putting her in, but she reallllly opened up as a person & made new friends & it makes me happy to walk up to school & see her playing with her friends. Cuz it's like I gave her that time alone or something! You know! I've stayed home with her, her entire life & she's home for 2 pm anyways. So it's amazing! I think it opens them up!!!! It don't work for some people, others it does. But it don't hurt to look into it, or give it a try!!!!

Kim - posted on 01/26/2011

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I have four daughters...I was working with my older two which necessitated them to be in full-time daycare. I have been a SAHM with my younger two (5 and 3). My 5 year old is going to be in kindergarten in the fall. I joined a Mom's Group to help with the socialization aspect for my 5 yr. old, but she just freaked out when other kids approached her. She's been in a part time preschool (3 hours 2 days a week) for a year and a half and I'm happy to see her run off and start playing with other kids after I drop her off. For me, it was the socialization that was the driving force for preschool. I feel that as a mom, there are just some things you aren't going to cover that a preschool teaches your child and I'm always amazed at some of the projects she has worked on thinking...wow, I would have never thought of that. I'm honest enough to admit with another child at home, I would be able to spend the time with the 5 yr old to teach her everything, so she gets it at preschool. I will be sending my 3 yr old in the fall for the same reasons. Bottom line, your the best person to decide what's right for your child. I knew w/o a doubt my 5 year old needed more help to prepare for kindergarten. I don't think any child suffers by going to preschool and most are better for it.

Crystal - posted on 01/26/2011

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I plan to homeschool our son, and any others we have if God blesses us so. He's 2 and a half and already can count to 10, knows his letters, colors, shapes, tons of animals, loves music and art. I work from home so I'm with him a lot, but we also have playdates with others who are his age, younger, and older. His cousins are both older, sweet, polite kids. He goes everywhere with my husband and me - no, we don't often get to go out on dates, but we do something special just for us every so often, and let him stay for a couple hours at the local art school that has a class for little ones 2-4 complete with a pizza party. Playing with others in the apartment as well as dealing with many different people of various ages and seeing how people interact seems to have taught him a great deal. We work with him a lot on patience, sharing, and so on. He does fine away from me and his father, loves time with us, and no, he's not an angel - he has his days - but he's a well-balanced, happy kid. According to the people at the doc's and the health dept, he's a good bit advanced for his age and they are always pleased with his behavior.

I'm more with Sally - I don't see how sitting down in a room with a couple of adults and lots your own age truly teaches social behavior. I believe seeing behavior from others of all ages is what teaches that, so it's playdates, parks, libraries, out to eat, shopping, heck, we even take him to antique stores!

Do what you feel is best - if you feel he needs the extra lessons, needs the structure and social aspect, then find a good preschool and go for it. If you don't feel he needs it, you can do a great job with him at home. Every child and family is completely different. Take every bit of advice with a grain of salt, sort through it, and then follow your instincts.

Zoe - posted on 01/26/2011

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Hi Sarah, i can see that for some mothers pre-school is good but i do not belive any child needs it, schools may think they do and children may enjoy it but they do not need it. pre-school has only been around a very short time and the human race has made some remarkabel discoverys and inventions, mostly without any schooling at all. if your only concern is academic then speack to academics and see i they are happy. if your concern is social then make a place for kids to just play, if you need time to your self send them to pre-school. yes lots of children injoy it and thats great, but do u let your child do everything he/she injoys or just the stuff you think they should, my littel en enjoys jumping on my bed, do you see my point?
And as for saying kids need to know x,y and z before they stat school, if you belive that this is how it should be fine, if not change it, pertition local goverment to give kids back there child hood or refuse to send them at all.
just my opinion.

Lama - posted on 01/26/2011

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i love ur question because I was confused like u,my 2 yrs boy feels very bored at home nothing to do and i was going to regester him in pre-kg but i postponed untill hes 3.
i think 1 yr befor kindergarten is enough to get used for the real school its like a traning to be a good lestiner, good behavior n to be involved with other kids and etc.
this is what im going to do :)

Sally - posted on 01/26/2011

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After doing a great deal of research, I personally believe that all industrial schools are very bad for children so I will probably not be the one you want to listen to. :)
If "independance" and "school readiness" are important to you, by all means send your kids off as early as you want the quiet house. The thought that spending 12 or more years in one room with 20-30 people your age and socio-economic status "socializes" you for life in the real world is beyond me though. It won't hurt them any more than it's hurting any of the other kids there, but kids rarwely learn good behaviors or useful skills from each other and you can spend a lot more time and effort on your child thatn any teacher who has a whole roomful of them to deal with.

Carri - posted on 01/26/2011

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My daughter will be 5 in a few weeks and will be starting full day public kindergarten in the fall. She is currently in preschool 5 hours a week and she LOVES it. I can't emphasize enough how good it has been for her. As a SAHM I've always worked with her, but the leaps she has made in writing and early reading and math skills has been noticeable and increasing every week. She feels big going to school by herself, and it helps ease her into full day kindergarten. Everything about the experience has been well worth it.

Janet - posted on 01/26/2011

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i think the pre-school is a good idea, it allows your child to socialize with other kids and get into a schedule for when they start ECS, morning pre-school is best teaches them to get up early and get ready for school so for ECS they already know the schedule and age 3 is the best age for them to start they are potty trained hopefully by then, my daughter started then and she loved it and was already and was not scared when she started ECS

Kristy - posted on 01/26/2011

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I started mine all (3) at 4 yrs. I think it was a wonderful experience for them all. None of them had daycare. I am a stay~at~home~mom so it really helped my middle & youngest. So I think it is a great idea!!

Christen - posted on 01/26/2011

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I taught preschool and now have an almost 3 year old. He already knows his abc's, his numbers, his shapes, etc.. b/c I taught him.. BUT, we're still enrolling him in preschool simply to get used to a school setting and socialize. I think it's really important. Not NECESSARY, but important.. at least consider it when your child is 4 and that much closer to Kindergarten. The teachers in the schools could easily put your child in a Title I. or other reading program if they don't know what they "should" know by the time they're going into Kindergarten. Scary, but true.

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YES!!!! OMG, Yes! Preschool makes a world of difference! I wish I had someone there to urge me to put my first kid into preschool. My other two kids did go to preschool. I'm telling you, it makes a world of difference.
Kids are expected to know their alphabet in upper and lower case and to be able to read several words and to be able to write their names and know their colors and be able to count to 100, upon *Entry to kindergarten. Also, if your child goes to preschool, they will already understand basic class expectations and appropriate behavior so the kindergarten teacher wont have to take so much time out of other lessons in order to teach such basic things. Also, you can volunteer at your child's preschool so that as your child gets used to a class environment, they will be comforted that you're right there with them. It's harsher to just dump them in grade K one day out of the blue (that's how it will feel to them). I wish, I wish, I wish that I had sent my first child to preschool.
My 2nd & 3rd child started preschool 2 years before kindergarten. Take the time to volunteer so your child doesn't feel dumped and to make sure he/she has kind and nurturing teachers. Your child's first experience with a teacher or group of teachers will shape their opinion of school for years to come. You want their opinion to be good and their enthusiasm to be high. It will affect their work attitude for years to come. I kid you not.

Tara - posted on 01/25/2011

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I take it you live in america dont really understand the preschool and kindergarten age deal but my 2 year old has been going to preschool snice she was 1 for 9 hours a week she absolutely loves it she has learnt so much there there is only so much you can teach your child i think preschool isthe best thing i ever did for her

Liz - posted on 01/25/2011

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I think that now adays the schools pretty much expect children to start preschool. My b/g twins will be three in June, and if all goes well with potty training they will be starting preschool two days a week this fall. Although I do teach them at home, I think it's a good way for them to work on their social interaction with kids their own age, and to be in a more structured enviornment, which is something my twins need to learn. It also gives them a chance to do something away from their little brother who will be one in July.

Cassie - posted on 01/25/2011

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My daughter is 4 untill the end of september, she keeps asking me when she gets to start school....most of her friends are older. We do have playdates with others her age and she goes to sunday school. I stay home and do work with her on preschool books and arts and crafts. It would be better if she did not have a little sister interupting all the time. I am leaning more towards no preschool and just waiting until kindergarden.

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i can honestly say that i was at a point where i was to not sure about sending my son but he has been going since august and i must say he has learned so much in the short time he has been going i also found out that kindergarden is expecting more from kids these days and there things that unless you are teaching what they teach in school will cause your child to be slower than the kids he starts school with i mean i thought it was crazy that in preschool they are learning what a rhyme is how to write there name number sequences i mean you have to do what is best for you and yours good luck

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