Preschool for 2years...yes or no so conflicted

KELLEY - posted on 08/04/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




My daughter is 3 now and will be 4 in december but I just dont know if she needs 2 years of pre-k..I am a stay at home mom and have many telling me I should but she my baby..I just need to know if anyone can tell me why 2 years of the same thing , 4 days a week...REALLY? Am I being selfish by not wanting her to go this year?


Casey - posted on 08/05/2012




I had my son in preschool for 2 years. The first year was more of a readiness then learning. The second year prepared him for Kindergarten. He will be 5 Aug 29th and just makes the cut off to start kindergarten. We will have to see then if the 2 years of preschool paid off.

Gina - posted on 08/04/2012




I read an article about a study on Preschool readiness, and according to research, the best age to begin Preschool is 2.9 because by this time the average child can understand the concept of separation and object permannence, in other words the child will adjust because he/she will understand that Mommy is coming back later. Also at this age it is easier for a child to adapt to just about any new schedule, environment, being with new and/or various caregivers, socialization etc.

From personal experience I can say that my child just started attending Preschool Mon-Thur for half day sessions, he is 2.9, and is doing great, he likes his school so much that he asks me to take him on Fridays too, so now I'm considering enrolling him for the full week! needless to say I am beyond pleased with this decision and glad I found that article. It took me months to make up my mind about sending him to preschool and months to find the right place, but it was well worth it.

If your child is social and seems to be getting bored and/or constantly acting up and getting into trouble at home, it may be a sign that he/she is ready for some fun/educational days at preschool.


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Stephanie - posted on 08/04/2012




My sister's daughter went to the same pre-k program for two years in a row. She is now turning 6 in November. The first year she loved it and did very well. The second year my sister complained to me that she was learning nothing new, the same thing as last year. I asked, what do you expect, it's the same program!?
This past school year my niece had some behavioral issues and was complaining a lot that she didn't want to go. My sister had to go to speak with the teacher several times. Basically, she was a very bright kid, but not being challenged and bored by school, because she already had mastered the things they were teaching! My sister wasted her money, is what I say.
I would advise you to think about this issue, and that this would be a strong reason to wait. If your child is very bright and you think ready for the pre-k program, you could send her this coming year. Next year, instead of repeating the same program, home-school her. Ask the kindergarten you plan on sending her to for a lesson plan and start to get her ready for it. Museum trips, zoos and some intro to books and stuff she will be seeing in the next school year. That way, she won't be bored by school, but will say, hey I know something about that already, I want to learn more from this teacher!
It is not selfish of you to want to be close to your daughter! Don't let what other mothers say get to you. You will do what's best for you and for your daughter! If you want to keep her home with you, do it!

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