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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Kristine - posted on 01/25/2011

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I didn't send my two oldest to preschool and they were both reading by kindergarten and are currently at the top of their classes in school. I did decide to send my third so he could go to "school" like his siblings. Since preschool is spendy I do a co-op with 4 other moms. We each take a week, teach a letter and number and do activities. Twice a week, 2 hours a day. He is learning how to share and follow "real world" rules, and to follow directions outside of the home. He learned his abc's, numbers and how to write his name here at home, but think he has learned other important things with his preschool friend. He gets to be "big" for a few hours and I get some time to myself.

Julie - posted on 01/24/2011

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Pre-school can be a very beneficial to help children get comfortable with the school room enviorment and help them learn some basics important to start kindergarten and socializing with other children. As long as you work with your child on their basics such as; abc's, counting, writing their name, colors, socializing with others and of course following instructions then you will have them just as prepared for kindergarten with the added benefit of saving money and helping install that bond between mother and child. Good luck!

Abby - posted on 01/24/2011

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I am a stay at home mom with 2 year old twins, but before I had them I was a teacher in a preschool. I really value the mom staying home with the children and think that is the best way to go. However, I think that if you find a GOOD preschool, it can be one of the greatest experiences for children. They learn so much, and it really does prepare them for Kindergarten. Unfortunately, Kindergarten is like 1st grade now. It does help to have them in preschool. But you don't have to send them every day. Maybe 2 or 3 days a week. Or every day for only a few hours. Hope that helps!

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I don't plan on sending my kids to school to begin with; so needless to say I think preschool is a waste of money. Why do I need to hire someone to teach my child when I'm perfectly cabable to do it myself?

Marybeth - posted on 01/24/2011

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I kept my oldest at home and she was reading before she ever entered kindergarten. My second though... is another story. I wish I had enrolled him, he needs all the extra help he can get to prep him for kinder next year. EVERY child is different and it is up to you if you think yours would benefit from preschool. While you can teach your child at home and take him or her to play groups and such for socialization, preschool is a great stepping stone for kinder, it can get your child prepared for regular school.

Cindy - posted on 01/24/2011

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We chose preschool for our daughter just before she turned four because it seemed she could use preparation for school. We've been happily surprised at the diversity of activities offered for the children to participate in; play balanced with learning basic writing and reading. Good social interaction, introduction to the rhythm of structure. And extremely imaginative and resourceful teachers. It's been a good thing for her and for us. (It's only two hours a day three days a week for this particular preschool.) Hope you find the best for your child and you!

Laura - posted on 01/23/2011

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Candy you are making generalizations that are pretty insulting. My son was in preschool last year and is this year. You are saying I'm not raising him because he spends 2 1/2 hrs 2 or 3 days a week getting social interaction? He knew his letters by the time he was 18 months, could count to 100 right after he turned 4, he knew more animals than I did at 2, and he was doing 200 piece puzzles at 3. I have only been a SAHM for the last 9 months but my husband and I have taught our kids even though we both worked. I find it's a new experience that gives the child a new perspective on life and a chance to make some new friends as most of them will be in his Kindergarten class. My son loves preschool and would be very sad if he wasn't able to go. And play groups and park doesn't give them the classroom setting and structure that some kids need. SOME kids that don't go to preschool don't know how to be away from mommy and don't know how to listen to anyone else besides mommy. No one is saying put them in school at birth. Most preschools start at 3 or 4.

Candy - posted on 01/23/2011

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I think it is not a good idea. You birth your child therefore you should raise it. i took mine to play groups and parks for the social stuff and I taught them the rest. They are both way ahead in school and are much better behaved then the children who have been in some kind of schooling since birth. I am a firm believe in your birth them you raise them. What they learn in pre-k or any other schooling before kindergarten can be taught by the parents if they are willing to stop chasing the all mighty dollar and raise their children. I realize there are some that have to work but MOST dont. Sorry I get really up set when I think about these children being in school for 13,14 or more years for no real reason.

Amanda - posted on 01/23/2011

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It is a good idea especially if you have only one child. My daughter hated to do any learning with me because she was bored. So, when she turned 3, my husband and I sent her to preschool. Immediately after that she started singing her abc's and her numbers. Today, she can count to a 100, know and recongnize her abc's, she knows the syllables, the vowels and consonants. They only thing that I really need to work with her on is reading. I think preschool is a great way to get them prepared for kindergarten.

Roteavia - posted on 01/23/2011

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kids dont necessarily need it but it helps them get used to the schedule environment with rules and being around other kids. most kids that do go seem to be a little more advanced than those who dont. my oldest goes to afternoon preschool 3 days a week just so he can have the interaction with other children instead of looking at the same faces everyday. he is almost 2 and will start full days at 3. some say im rushing im to grow but i feel its not a problem. so whenever and whatever makes you comfortable then go for it. you are the mom so its your choice.

Keri - posted on 01/22/2011

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I spoke recently about this to a friend who has many years under her belt in education. She advised me to send my kids 1 year before they start kindergarten, and mostly for the social aspect, because at that point you probably will have taught your kids what they need to know for preschool. I'm going with this because I've heard boys have a harder time socially, and my two older kids are boys.

Jennifer - posted on 01/22/2011

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My daughter started at 2 1/2 she already knew her ABC's, sounds of each letter, and something that started with each letter, she also knew her colors, shapes and can count to 20. They put her in the 3 to 4 year old class and she is still ahead of 80% of the class. She goes 3 days a week and loves the social part and coloring. She learned everything she knows from me at home. I don't really think she is learning anything new but skills like listening, following direction, and waiting your turn are very important and hard to teach at home. I think Preschool is important in different ways for each child but a mom who is involved and wants to help your child learn is priceless. Preschool just adds the little extra things that kids will need. Good luck with your decision.

Laura - posted on 01/22/2011

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My son went at 3, two days a week 2 1/2 hrs a day and this year is 3 days a week. I think it's a good experience. He doesn't have to go all day and it helps him with social skills and classroom structure. I guess it's up to you weather or not you think your child needs it but I find it very helpful for mine. If you don't I would find out what they need to know before kindergarten. Our teacher was telling us all this stuff they had to know before they went to kindergarten and some of the stuff I hadn't even thought about.

Jennie - posted on 01/22/2011

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Pre-school is in no way a bad thing. My four year old does not go, however, he does go to sunday school and i take him for playdates and to the park to meet new children. I personally wanted to have a hand in my child's learning and watch him develop certain things with me. He doesn't get bored at all. If your child does goes. I would let them have a say in it. alot of children want to...

Karen - posted on 01/22/2011

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my dd started pre school when she was 3. I think its a good thing to enroll kids in pre-school to help them socialize with kids their age. It helps them prepare for when they start kindergarten. BUT if you have a regular meet-ups with other moms with kids same age as yours then i guess that will do, just as long as you also teach them abc's 123... things llike that. Coz, lets all face it.. pre-school aint cheap. and 3 year olds only goes to school twice a week (tue and thurs) and 4 yo trice (MWF) and these are not more than 4 hours a day. I'm an assistant teacher for 2 years now and believe me, you can very well do at home what we do in school.

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