How early should I be looking at enrolling ingrade schools?

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Lori - posted on 01/29/2009

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Because I had to go back to work when my son was 6 weeks old (single mom), I had him in academic pre-schools from that point on. The earlier you get them in a structured environment, whether you provide a schedule at home or in a pre-school setting, the better. Children who have structure in their lives tend to do better behaviorally and emotionally. They know what time dinner and bedtimes are, when it's time to settle down, etc. You will have a much more peaceful home if you get the child in pre-school early. Even if you send them 2 times a week for 4 hours at a clip, you will reap so many benefits. Plus, you will have "Mommy" time. Something we all need but don't like to admit. Hope this is helpful.

Leslie - posted on 01/29/2009

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Your son is almost 3 so you have two years to check out schools.  I presume you're planning to send him to a private school.  Now would be a good time to decide what type of school you want  -  religious, secular, Montessori.  then you've got some time to search out the schools in your area.  I can't imagine that Colorado is hypercompetitive for private school admissions like NYC so you don't have to put a deposit on a school spot tomorrow :-).



We knew before my daughter was born that she'd go to a religious school.  When she was about 3, I began to check out the websites of area schools to get an idea of their philosophy.  We firmed up what school we wanted to enroll her in about a year before kindergarten.



Good luck! (your son is quite a cutie!)

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Tracy - posted on 01/29/2009

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I have 2 sons, my 4 yr old is in preschool and will be going to kindergarten next yr since he will be 5 before Sept. 1st. My 3 yr old can't go to preschool until next year because he didn't turn 3 till December. He will be almost 6 by the time he is allowed to go to kindergarten. I would probably start looking now, especially if you have options available to you. Our school district has 2 preschools available, but only one school for k-12th... so we don't have much choice.

Tasha - posted on 01/29/2009

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I started my son at 4 in preschool. They would only go for half a day and they did fun activities just to teach them to follow instructions and to pay attention to the teacher. I also thought it was good to start at 4 just because he did not have much interaction with childern his age and I wanted him to experience that before starting kindergarten for a full day.

Jody - posted on 01/29/2009

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Must be 5 years old before Sept. 1 for kindergarten - unless you are looking at private schools, then can start younger and go directly into public school at grade level.

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