Is 2 yrs old too young for a child to start school?

LaDonna - posted on 06/05/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2 and a half, she has a babysitter but she keeps telling me she wants to go to school. I feel she is very advanced to only be 2, she knows her ABC's, colors, can count up to 13. shes a good little girl, her grandparents keep telling me shes to young to be in daycare but im also haveing sharing issues and since shes the only child i feel that if shes around other kids maybe this will change. Am i rushing? or is it okay for me to put her in school?

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Sarah - posted on 08/09/2010

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I put my little one into play school at 21 months and it was the best thing I ever did. She loves it. She starts her second year in September and she has just progressed into a confident, happy, clever little girl. The school helped with the potty training, because they never forced the issue. I'd say go for it, if she doesn't settle into it then you can always take her out and start her at a later stage, or even just send her a few days a week. (Mine goes five days a week from 9am until noon).

Lbyrone - posted on 07/31/2010

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let her go to school. a child is never to young to go to school...atleast yours want to go!!!!

Pamela - posted on 07/26/2010

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day care is great. My son counts to 27 knows his abc colours, animals (and there hilarious noises) and has just started to be able to read/reconise words and has known numbers much longer.
He isn't a great talker on its own he tends to get carried away telling stories and talking too fast about penguins eating crocodiles and doesn't make too much sense heheh.

Both my boys love daycare and there carers . the social side is great and the fact that they can be with other adults and know they have to listen to them too. Cameron my 2.5 year old started creche at 3 months and then daycare at 18 months Ewan my 16 month old started creche at 8 weeks and daycare at 5 months.. they have friends and do interesting things daycare centers are made with loads of stuff to entertain kids. they come home with drawings and hats and even plants.

Cameron also does structured learning for 2 hours once a week as a prekindy thing which is mainly for his speech. he just started that and we call that school as it is at the school he will be attending when he gets older.

Cynthia Justine - posted on 07/14/2010

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The first two years of my daughter's live i looked after her day after day played with her gave her all the attention taught her what i knew that i could teach her. When she turned 2 years old me and my husband decided it was time for her to go to school. I was scared out of my mind not knowing what to expect and if she is going to adapt in school, how she will handle the school and the new kids. The first 3 days was hard but after that she got used to it she's been in school now for 6 months and she is doing great she already moved to her 2nd class in her six months she enjoys every moment of it. Sometimes you just have to let go. there are surten things where you just have to believe that everything will be fine, you daughter will be fine as well. put in school so that she can have friends and learn new things, you will see how she develops it will be hard at first but it will be totally worth it.

Natasha - posted on 07/07/2010

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its up to you hunni my son is 2 and a half and he has been in daycare since he was 4 months old because i had really bad post nataul deppresion and i was not coping dont get me wrong i love my son more then anything but i was going though a really bad time and i needed help he is now almost 3 and still in daycare he loves it and he is learning so much so if u feel that ur child is ready go for it but as i said its ur choice in the end no one elses

Becci - posted on 07/05/2010

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i feel that every child should have the chance to socialise with other children their age without their parents around. my daughter goes to nursery two days a week and she loves it, she doesn't call it nursery she calls it school : ) never rush a child do something but also go on your feeling and what you think is best for her x

Wardah - posted on 07/01/2010

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There is nothing better than school for the little ones. My son has been at school since he was 6 mths and what a wonderful experience. I call it school as he has teachers and learns through play

Samantha - posted on 06/18/2010

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My son just started school this week and he was also born jan 2008. He is much like your daughter he can sing his abc's count and say his colors. He has disciplin issues with me but no one else i am always told he is so good with everyone else. I started him in school to help with his behavior hopefully. The more she has to be around other children she will learn to share, in my oppinion. I think you would be making the right decision. Keep in mind the time your parents had children is much different from now. Good luck.

Lea - posted on 06/14/2010

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um too young for daycare? thats a new one. sorry, I live on a military base and the active duty moms here have to go back to work after 2 weeks so their 2 week old babies are in daycare all day. not saying i agree with it - I don't - I think babies need their mothers but over age one is fine. i dont doubt at all that your daughter knows all those things and wants to go to school. my son loves his daycare and will even cry when he gets picked up because he wants to stay. dont hold her back. go for it.

Christine - posted on 06/12/2010

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Our son started daycare at 5mths I wasn't working, it was just best for him and us, for him to get his time out and our time out and for him to interact with other children, learn the sharing and listing waiting thing and all of that. we have a 4mth old now to and are looking into daycare for her soon as it also makes it easier for the child and parents when it comes to leaving them at daycare that they know you are coming back for them, maybe just start with a couple of hours and increase it slowly for her. You need to do it at some stage so if she wants to go why not try it now

Kylie - posted on 06/08/2010

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my daughter it two and a half also...and she was in school and she did wonderful but then we moved because my husband got a new job...but i loved it her school was a school to it was not a daycare...and if you want to or are interested after we did moved i bought the "your baby can read" thing and it is awesome you can give that a try also if you want but just thought i help

Phyllis - posted on 06/07/2010

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Absolutely send her. I am a single mom and so didn't have much choice about putting Myles in daycare. However, I noticed that he is more social and has learned so much by being there. I was lucky enough to stay home with him for 6 months and then my mother watched him for 6 months before he had to go to daycare.

The difference was that he is much more open to sharing and he doesn't have separation anxiety that some of the other children in our playgroup has. Meaning he is ok with going and playing without me being right there as opposed to the shyness or crying some of the other mother's have to go through. Daycare/School is not the devil, so long as you pick a quality center. It can actually be very beneficial to you and your child.

In the end though you have to decide what is right for your and your daughter. Only you can do that, but I don't think you should have any guilt about rushing or pushing her.

Colleen - posted on 06/06/2010

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I think it depends a lot on your and your child and your situation. I'm putting Grace in a 2 day a week preschool starting in September, and I'm sure she will love it. It's at our church, so she already knows some of the children who will be in there, and it will help her with her social skills as well as learning other things, like how to learn and how to interact in a school environment. I think she gets bored with me at home sometimes, so a change of scenery will do her good. She's very social, but all of the children in our neighborhood are older, so it will do her good to be around people her own age. If you think it will benefit your child, I think you should send her.

Anica - posted on 06/05/2010

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I think that you should send her to school. Some schools require the child to be potty rained, while some don't. My son is 29monthe and started school at 24 months. He is doing fine. You will be amazed at the results.

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