When is a good time to put my daughter in pre school? She will be 3 in August.

Kim - posted on 04/03/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My husband and I are thinking about putting our daughter in preschool. She turns 3 in August. Does anyone else think this is a good idea?

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Amanda - posted on 04/22/2013

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My son was three when he started but went for two years, because here you have to be five before december to go to kindergarten. Not a big deal if she is ready and nobody knows better then her parents.

Nicole - posted on 04/19/2013

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We just enrolled our daughter in preschool, she is 4 but has been going to a pre pre school almost since she was 2.

Shanna - posted on 04/14/2010

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my daughters birthday is June 29th and she is in preschool right now she started in sept. she is the youngest one in her class. she goes to a christian school and so it has smaller class sizes plus it is only $5.00 more than public school a month. I decided to stick her in it 2x a week this year and next year will be a pre-k 3x a week. They do have to be potty trained if that helps at all. but i thought i would stick her in preschool for 2 yrs because of her late birthday. They learn lots and it helps socializing with other kids that are not in our group of friends and learn how to make new friends. They do so much. I would suggest doing it if you think she is ready!! ecpecially since her bday is later she will probably be the younges too! :) hope this helps

Leatonya - posted on 04/11/2010

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I agree, Ive always place my kids in head start when they are 3, because it taught the social skills.My sister didn't place her son in preschool and even to this day he has a hard time around other children.

Adrianna - posted on 04/11/2010

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my son also has play dates with kids his age, and his aunt runs a day care so he goes there and spends time with other kids

Adrianna - posted on 04/11/2010

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my husband and i have talked about our son starting preschool this next fall he will be 3 in july but we have decided to give him that extra year here with me where i do some lil home school stuff with him using starfall.com, and a couple other sites and that way he goes into school with some start to help him

Shawn - posted on 04/10/2010

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Before we moved last year my kids were in day care full time. My daughter missed going when I decided to be a stay at home mom after the move to a new city. I often heard from my daughter she missed her friends. I found a day care that offers preschool for both my kids (age 3 & 4) on the same mornings so I could get a couple hours of me time and they get to be around other kids their age. They love it. They currently go two days a week and in the fall they will go Monday - Friday for 2-1/2 hrs each day. I recommend it. It will give your daughter time to be with other kids without you and you get a little quiet time. They do craft projects, play outside & inside (when weather does not cooperate), have music time, in house field trips (the science center came one day), story time and my daughter is given alphabet & number writing sheets so she can learn how to write letters/numbers and recognize them. They do a lot of events where parents get to attend like a Valentine' Day party, decorate donuts with Daddy, have parents come in and read a story, grandparents day and they are practicing for their Spring Sing program.

Also my son is not potty trained yet (we are currently working on that) and that is not a problem with our preschool.

Mallory - posted on 04/09/2010

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My son turns 3 in July and I am wanting to put him in preschool this fall too. I know that he needs more social interaction then I can give him at home, because I am a stay at home mom and dont get out much. Plus I am having another baby in May.

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2010

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I think it is a great idea. We put our son in K3 a few weeks before he turned 3. He was always at home with me and did not have to learn the concept of sharing or waiting his turn. It was amazing the way he has learned to interact with other children from being in school. He has learned to be very outgoing and not shy. His language and sentences just amazed me the first few months. It was the best thing we ever did for him. I believe it is great for them to get a head start on learning and social skills.

Kami - posted on 04/09/2010

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i definatley do. i enrolled my son in preschool for this year. he dosen't get any interaction with other children because i am home during the week so he stays home with me. it gets them ready for the adjustments of going full time when they turn four or five.

Shatonia - posted on 04/08/2010

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sure if your child is ready and you are too go for it. My daughter was more than ready when she turned three. i send her to a school that has a Pk3 program and it goes to 8th grade. she enjoys the program so much. i am so glad i did it.

Renea - posted on 04/08/2010

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YES my son is 3 (march) and I am putting him in headstart/preschool. It is awesome because it's like learning daycare. It's usually only part day and your child will get used to the school environment before she has to go to school all day

Danielle - posted on 04/08/2010

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I think that really depends on your child. If she is used to being around kids and will be socially acclimated to it then it might be a good idea. But if she's not up to par with the "standards" then it could really hurt her. Kids point out different kids because it's their nature and they really don't see the problem with it sometimes. You know your daughter than anybody else. I'm sure if you feel she's ready then she probably is.

Sherri - posted on 04/08/2010

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My son is a late August bday, but started p-school at age 3... visit p-schools and maybe look for one that is play-centered. I have one I would recommend for the dm area, if you want it.

Bianza - posted on 04/08/2010

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Yes, preschool could be a great idea but you daughter need to be potty trained. Also make sure that there are also children her age at the preschool. You dont want to put her in a school where there are to many bigger kids.

Amy - posted on 04/07/2010

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I think 3 is a great age.My daughter turned 3 in Feb and she goes to a preschool that is only 2 day's a week for 3 hour's it's great and she love's it.

Samantha - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughtered started preschool at 3 and ahalf. It has been a wonderful experience, both for me to know she is safe and having fun while I do what I need to do, and for her as she has made friends with all of the 20 kids in her school, as well as exposing her to all kinds of cultures, and she gets to celebrate holidays (like President's Day, St. Patty's Day, Labor Day, etc) by learning all about how the holiday started. She's also had a little bit of academic exposure, but she is always bringing crafts and pictures home. I definitly reccomend it. It might be hard at first to let your little girl go, but it becomes almost a reliefe sometimes to know that you will be able to get that certain thing done that you need to do when she goes to 'school' (we call it school not preschool or daycare, as it makes her feel more like a big girl) It is a huge boost for your daughter as well, since it gives her social experiences before actually starting kindergarden, which she can't get hanging out with you or family members.

Sharaina - posted on 04/07/2010

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i love the idea,my daughter will also be 3 in august i am enrolling her right now in head start,just started today actually.i am not sure if head start is in every area,but it is an amazing program,and...she dont have to be potty trained,they work with them

Anne - posted on 04/07/2010

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We started our daughter in a mommy and me program right before she turned two, which the preschool we chose offered as a precursor to one day/week for two hours of 'all by myself' when she turned two. I'm home with her full time, but she loves the socialization she gets from these two hours/week. In the fall (she'll be almost three) she'll transition to two days a week (two hours again) for the year and I absolutely think she'll be ready. I mention all this because for young kids I think easing them in slowly and making school a positive emotional and social experience are the point - not actual academics as most of us can teach our kids abc's, etc. The right program can absolutely benefit kids socially as young as two, and certainly by three, as part of well rounded enrichment we offer our kids!

Michelle - posted on 04/06/2010

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Children retain the most information and learn the fattest between the ages of 1 and 5 so yes preschool is a great idea, they learn how to socialize with their peers which is important,they learn to listen to someone who is not mommy or daddy and they learn a little independence. Yes the ABC's get learned and so does counting and a great deal of other things but they learn the foundation of how to behave around others and that is lesson they can never learn to early.

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My son is 3 and I just placed him in preschool two days a week for three hours. I believe at this age it should be done for socialize reasons only. My son has learned much but most importantly he has made many great friends.

Lea - posted on 04/03/2010

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I know that most pre-schools take kids 3- 5 years of age. Also, they have to be potty trained. If you think your daughter will benefit from being with other kids her own age and will have fun learning her ABCs and making fun projects, then go for it.



We told my oldest daughter that she was going to school with other kids. She had a blast. She loved it. Your daughter probably will, too.

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