Preschool dilemma

Jessica - posted on 04/07/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son, who is 3 years and 5 months, is currently enrolled in a program where a women comes to visit twice a week for 1/2 hour each time. He gets a new learning toy or book each week that provides a new learning opportunity. He did really well with the program for about 4 months, but he doesn't pay attention anymore when the home visitor comes.

I keep thinking that it may benefit him more if I sent him to a normal preschool setting, but I would have to pay for that, while this program is free with funding from the state and the local hospital. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Ellie - posted on 04/15/2010

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Depending on the state you live in there may be funding for preschool. My son loves his preschool and has gained alot of knowledge by being there.

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2010

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check with your regular schools or ask the woman that comes my son {and now my daughter} participated in our states 1st steps program and were transitioned srtaight into school @ the age of three my son turns 4 in Sept and has now been accepted into an all day program and its all thru public school system and doesnt cost me anything

Mikka - posted on 04/15/2010

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My son is 3.5 now but started preschool as soon he turned 3. We had worked on numbers and alphabet at home, but he really needed a change a scenery and the time with other kids. He looks forward to going to school, and is really excelling.

Alicia - posted on 04/14/2010

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since he almost 4 see if u can find a pre-k in your state and eroll him i thee it free and plus he get alot more learnig in and make knew friends while he there and plus he might not be as bored as he is now with the home visitor and it maybe just that he doesny ike to b by his self and he may learn better with more people around

Anita - posted on 04/14/2010

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Your attitude and environment at home makes the biggest difference more than anything else. My oldest girl is 5. She's never been to a formal preschool, and she has been around other kids (playdates, church & friends get-togethers, etc). I do not feel that she is suffering in any way. In fact, she will be quite ready for school when that time comes. I don't know where you live, but when we lived in Michigan, we were able to benefit from a Parents As Teachers program, free to us, provided by the local school district. A "parent educator" came once a month to spend time with each of our girls and me up till age 3 (although she did sneak in a few moments with the oldest after she was "too old" for the program, just because they enjoyed the interaction). Our girls LOVED it when she came--it was the highlight of their day for sure! Maybe your visitor and son don't "click" anymore, or maybe the visits are just too often to keep him excited about it. Do they have a variable schedule where you can tailor it to his needs, having her come only once/week or two weeks? He won't suffer developmentally or academically for sure--the things YOU do with him are just as "helpful" to him as her "learning opportunities". Good luck deciding what to do. Don't don't feel like you have to have him in preschool at 3 yrs old! He's still so young!! Don't give in to pressure that says he has to be going to school already in order to succeed. Home with mom is the best place for young kids.

Heather - posted on 04/11/2010

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I sent my son at the age of three to Montessori! Although I was not used to him being with anyone else he has learned so much and loves his friends. Your son may just want to get away if it is possible because my son acts out all the time at home, but his teachers say what a delight he is and how polite he is. Montessori reaches to the individual child and focuses on the needs of your child. It is a great program, also he can stay in this same setting until 1st grade so it really allows for comfort and learning!

Qiana - posted on 04/11/2010

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My daughter was in daycare until she became bored and started acting out. I decided to put her in a regular preschool setting but I found it very costly and the state would not help with the cost. What i did find is many private schools especially lutheran schools offer financial assistance. After evaluating your income and bills the tuition may be fully covered. Looking into that might be benefical.

Stephanie - posted on 04/10/2010

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Find a local Headstart, that's here my daughter is going to go and where my son went. It really does benefit them especially with social behavior and it's free.

Kim - posted on 04/09/2010

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Does he have special needs? Here that would be the only reason for one on one home visits paid by the State. If that is the case there ususally preschool programs thru the school because socializing is very important. We also have playgroups for all kids thru the school system that cost about $25 for a once a week, probably 5-6 wk program, and the Y has it for free or $5 a week once a week. I also signed my kids up for Storytime at the Library afterwards they do a craft and socialize. So there are classes or programs that don't cost too much if you look for them. Even though I am a SAHM and we can't afford too much I am sending my daughter to preschool 2 times a week in the fall. Its a Y preschool and since we are members we get a discount. I feel really bad because my other 2 kids went to a co-op preschool but the price has gone up way too much and we just can't afford the 4 year class in 2 yrs.

Tarah - posted on 04/08/2010

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I have a 4 year old son and he just started preschool last month. I was hestitating sending him to preschool for a few reasons like him getting sick, not feeling comfortable about leaving him with people other than family but now I see it benefits my son so much. He's an only child so he has friends to socialize with everyday, he's learning to share and learn in a group setting...plus it prepares a child for kindergarden. My son also has not gotten sick yet. =) I looks in parenting msgazines for preschools. I would also drive around your neighborhood or area you work to find preschools. Ask to take a tour. Shop around to get prices and maybe ask friends, family, coworkers for preschool recommendations. Please feel free to ask me questions. =)

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