Preschool or stay at home?

Michelle - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I'm curious. How many mothers keep their 3-4 year old at home instead of sending them to preschool. My son goes to a home daycare 2 days a week and then stays home the rest of the time. He has a hard time transitioning into new group settings, so I don't feel he is ready for a "big" school. What's the best way to make sure he's on track to start kindergarten?

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Nicole - posted on 11/18/2010

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I'm a SAHM and I started my son in preschool this year. When we're home it's just us and his 1 yr old brother. I like preschool because he gets play time with kids his age. It is a good thing for us because I worried I couldn't keep him seated long enough to teach him anything. It turns out we've taught him a lot though. If you want to keep them at home, follow what Shannon does, she specifically gives them teaching time. If you don't watch other kids, set up play dates so your child can learn to play with other kids before kindergarten. I think the only way you can go wrong is if you keep them home and don't try to teach them on your own or set up play times. This may set them back socially. You could always find a preschool and ask if you can come with him at first to make the transition easier. I know ours welcomes volunteers. If it doesn't go well after a month or so you could stop and try again next year.

Shannon - posted on 11/18/2010

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I have 3 older kids, and none of them went to preschool. My 3-year old won't go either. I just try and sit down and work with her on her letters, numbers, colors, shapes, etc on a regular basis. I run a home daycare, and don't always have time to spend a couple of hours with her to work on this stuff, so I try to do things here and there to work on it. I would contact the elementary school, and ask them what your child needs to know to start kindergarten and just work on that with him. There are workbooks you can buy and websites that you can print out activities for him to do to help.

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