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Preschool: Yes or No
Is Preschool Best For You and Your Children?"
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I have a question, when do or did you guys start your kids in preschool? Personally I thought you started kids in preschool at 3 and then at 4 they went to Pre-K and then 5 obviously is K.
Angie
 
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Whether you should send your child to preschool or not is a difficult decision that many parents face when their child turns three or four years old. Especially for stay-at-home parents who have chosen to remain at home to raise their children, to preschool or not becomes a very difficult choice to make. Recently, some other parents on our discussion forum shared some of their views about preschool. Hopefully, their opinions and thoughts can help other's decide about this often difficult decision.

Angie wrote:

"I have a question, when do or did you guys start your kids in preschool? My sister is a nanny and insists they go at age 2. Now I questioned her about it, to make sure she wasn't sending the boy she watches just to have him get out of her hair, but no she honestly believes he needs to be in preschool. Personally I thought you started kids in preschool at 3 and then at 4 they went to Pre-K and then 5 obviously is K. Thanks."

From Paula:

The federally funded preschool (here) accepts kids ages 3 and 4. I'm trying to send my son this year (he's 4) and my daughter will hopefully go next year when she's 4. I don't see any reason to send them before then.

Nancy said:

Since I'm home our feeling was why push it? I do know parents that since they are at work want to start them sooner. My sister-in-law never sent their kids and they do great in school, however people gave her a hard time about it.

From Aubra:

Ultimately do what you think is best for your son. If he is ready for a structured school let him go, if you want him to play with others set up a play group.

Debbie said:

I don't have kids of preschool age, but my parents enrolled me in preschool at age 2. It was Monday-Friday, 8-5 (a lot longer than kindergarten was when I finally got there). I learned to read, write, do basic math. By kindergarten I read as a fifth grader and wrote a little cursive. I have some really good memories of those years, too. For me, at least, it was just the right age.

From Joan:

I had to ask myself "Am I doing this for her or for me?" and until I could honestly answer "For her." I kept her home. So Hannah went to preschool at four. To do otherwise would have been too much like daycare for me.

And from Kirstin:

It depends on the child and how much you do for them at home. At a good preschool they'll have access to trained staff, other children and good equipment. But if you have friends with kids you may be providing most of that already. Some children do benefit from preschool, particularly if they are very active and easily bored. Others hate it and shouldn't be forced to go.

So, as you can see, there really is no "right or wrong" answer to the question of whether you should send your child to preschool or not. All parents have different opinions about preschool, and ultimately it is your decision.

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