Is Pre-k really worth it?

Mary - posted on 04/23/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I am thinking about enrolling my three year old in a private pre-k. However, I have heard that it doesn't really make a difference in the education of a child and that it might actually be hurtful. I think education is extremely important and I want my daughter to feel the same way. I would like to read about the different points of view.... Thanks

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Bambi - posted on 04/23/2009

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I will say that as a teacher of Kindergarten, a pre-k program does put your child at an academic advantage over students who do not attend a pre-k program. I can tell with the first week of school which of my students have attended pre-k. Hope that helps!

Amie - posted on 04/25/2009

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For our oldest it was sort of ok. She's a social kid though and didn't really need help with her social skills. As for the education part, she didn't learn anything we hadn't already been teaching her at home. So if you want to spend the money sure if not don't fret over it. For our other 3, our son is going to kindergarten in the fall without ever being in Pre-K. same for our other 2 girls when their old enough. For us it's just not worth it and a waste of money. They're learning everything at home and with their little friends as it is.

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Cecilia - posted on 04/29/2009

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i'm not real sure if it is worth the money or not i think it really depends on the kid! my son will not be going he isn't ready to be away from us yet (mainly me) he won't even go spend the day at grandmas yet and hes 27 months old everytime he even thinks he is going any where without us or thinks im going somewhere without him he has a major breakdown and the poor little guy will start shaking and everything. needless to say im dreading when he starts kindergarden. But i do think that if you do send them to pre k it would be wounderfull and if you don't you need to teach them things at home. my son know most of his ABCs and is Counting to 5 and learning his colors! but it is totally up to you and the kid!

Marti - posted on 04/29/2009

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I think it is awesome. It gets them prepared to get out there and learn how to work together with other kids and helps with seperation anxiety between the child and mother. My daughter went to a church pre-K and I loved it.I liked it because she learned about the bilbe more and learned academic stuff to get her ready for kindergarten and she started at age 3.

Julie - posted on 04/29/2009

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I would never send my kids to Kindergarden without Pre K after seeing what my son is doing this year in school. Maybe wait till she is four though, she probably doesn't need two years of it. Kindergarden is much more intense then it was when we were there. My son is reading words, doing math, writing in complete sentences and other things I didn't learn until 2nd grade.

Gina - posted on 04/29/2009

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oh yes! being around other kids his/her age...plus if you stay at home with your toddler, the break might do you some good, too.

Cathy - posted on 04/29/2009

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I have been thinking about this a lot! Being that we have 4 kids to enroll it is tough! The cost plays a HUGE role in if we do it. If in the end we cannot afford to do this I am just going to keep them active with anything & everything! Gotta get those brains to absorb it all! Good luck!

Brooke - posted on 04/29/2009

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Absolutely. My oldest went to Pre-K and my youngest will start when he is old enough. I think they need to have the whole idea of school too. My youngest can't wait to go because he wants to be like his older brother. It's not usually even all day, but the social skills they will learn are definitely worth it.

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2009

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depending on the child some children learn faster and need it o5r miss the cut off 3 year old my daughter dose pre-kinder and loves it good socail time for her and me and her baby sister have time together and its her thing she feels so grown up

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2009

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My son is two and a half and I think pre-k is a good idea, a more structured setting, with other kids to play with, and hopefully some learning skills for kindergarten!

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yes my oldest went to prek and it made kindergarten a breeze for her my middle one is in preschool for 3 and 4 year olds and will be returing next year for the 4year old only program and im glad she has problems with sum of her letters and ive tryed to help her but the school real did help everyone can understand her now.

Christa - posted on 04/23/2009

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I think pre-k is very valuable. However, I will say that the effects it has depends on where you send her. A child in pre-k gains valuable social skills, as well as an academic foundation to help them in kindergarten. You have to however think of your daughter's personality when picking a preschool. Some children do better in a larger class and others in a smaller. Other then that I am in full support of pre-k

Jessica - posted on 04/23/2009

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even if you just put her in to socialize and interact with other kids her age.

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