Should I Take my Son Out of Pre-K?

Brooke - posted on 08/29/2016 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My four-year-old started a state Pre-K program last week, but I'm wondering if it was the best decision. I am not currently working, and aside from when I was completing my Bachelors degree, we have never been apart for more than a few hours. Academically, he's very advanced. Socially, I know Pre-K is good for him, but he has cried every day so far, saying that he doesn't want to go to school. It's also been taking a toll on me as I don't have other kids at home, and I miss him being here all day. My family has been pressuring me to get a job, but I just don't want to commit to a full-time career right now, and we live comfortably on my husband's income for now. Since it is a state program, Pre-K is every day, all day (8-3), and he is required to be there unless we have a doctor's excuse. I just feel like that is such a long time for a four-year-old to be in school. I truly feel in my heart that I want him to be home with me for another year, but I don't want to do anything that would not be in his best interest. I also worry about what the teacher/school will think if I pull him out now. I have a degree in elementary education, and we do a lot of enrichment activities when he is home with me, so I do know how to teach him. I have also considered switching him to another school that is a little further away that would allow me to take him three days a week from 8-noon. I would appreciate any advice from anyone with similar experiences.

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Brooke - posted on 08/29/2016

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Thank you, and I agree. I'm just having a hard time because he does not NEED to be in Pre-K this year. Kindergarten is another story because I really feel as if public kindergarten is a necessity, and I would have no doubt about him being there. I'm just really feeling as if we would both benefit from another year home as I'm home already and not working. Again, thank you for your input. He is still able to go back to his previous program as they also offer Pre-K for his age, but I don't know if it is beneficial to pull him from one program in favor of another one. My husband's take has been to do whatever I feel is best for our son, so he's not really offering advice in one way or another.

Brooke - posted on 08/29/2016

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Thank you for your input. We live in Pennsylvania, so he is not legally required to attend school until age 8 (we obviously won't wait that long LOL... he'll enter kindergarten next year at age 5). He did attend an all-day program from January until June earlier this year while I was student teaching, and he is still saying that he liked that program more than the one he is in now. I know he needs time to get used to it still, but it didn't take him more than two days to stop crying when I dropped him off at the last program. He's the only child who reacts like this every morning, and it makes me feel terrible for the rest of the day :(

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