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Cast Your Vote:

    • She needs to go to preschool -- Votes: 19
    • If she has the skills she needs, she can skip preschool -- Votes: 31
    • Other -- Votes: 5
Is preschool a must? Poll ashley + 2 2 kids; Nebraska 1658 posts
18th Mar '13

Do children need to go to a preschool? My daughter goes to an in home daycare at the moment and does a preschool lesson 3 times a week (about 30 minutes per lesson). Does she need to go to a traditional preschool if she has all the skills she needs for kindergarten? Is there something I'm missing that kids get at preschool? I know it's not required but I don't want her to be set up for failure if she doesn't go to a traditional preschool.

Red Bottom 2 kids; Middelfart, Denmark 15275 posts
18th Mar '13

I would recommend a pre-k program. They have to pass a test to get into kindergarten which consists or letter recognition, knowing their address, phone number, and other things like how to stand on one foot, sit still for 10 mins whole working on something, etc.



And they teach them how to ride the bus, get off at the right stop, etc.

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
18th Mar '13

My son did the same kinda deal...home daycare with a preschool program. He went briefly until DH lost his job and then started working from home. We just couldn't afford to send him to preschool - some of them are upwards of $200/week. He's 4 and starting kindergarten in the fall...he reads at an elementary school level, knows his numbers up to the thousands, and does basic math. So I figure he'll be okay without it.

EasyComeEasyGo Due October 27 (boy); 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Maryland 8030 posts
18th Mar '13

I didn't go to pre-school. I think I turned out just fine :)

That being said, I am sending my daughter to pre-k. I want her to get the most out of her education, and besides..she's almost 3 and asks to go to school almost every day!

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
18th Mar '13

My son does a homeschool preschool with a curriculum of my own devise. He will not be attending a formal preschool.



Unless there are skills missing (using scissors, coloring, gluing, alphabet and phonic recognition, number recognition, counting, etc) or the child needs that socialization to be able to succeed in kindergarten, there is no need for preschool. Some children need it. Some don't.

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
18th Mar '13
Quoting Autumn Whisper:" My son does a homeschool preschool with a curriculum of my own devise. He will not be attending a formal ... [snip!] ... that socialization to be able to succeed in kindergarten, there is no need for preschool. Some children need it. Some don't."


Ditto...I print worksheets and come up with projects and do "preschool" with him at home.

3M'smom 3 kids; Illinois 28879 posts
18th Mar '13

You won't hurt your child by sending her. Preschool programs aren't like they used to be years ago. You will actually be expanding on what you've already taught her.

ILOVEWINE Due April 24; 2 kids; Sweden 10814 posts
18th Mar '13

I send my daughter. I think it's worth the money. She has learned so much and loves it!

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
18th Mar '13
Quoting ChubbyCheekers
Aiden,Jared&Olivia's momm 35 kids; Louisville, Kentucky 686 posts
18th Mar '13
Quoting Red Bottom:" I would recommend a pre-k program. They have to pass a test to get into kindergarten which consists or ... [snip!] ... still for 10 mins whole working on something, etc. And they teach them how to ride the bus, get off at the right stop, etc."


My son didnt have to pass anything to get into kindergartedn,he never went to pre k

pitbullprincess Due June 24 (girl); 65 kids; Fayetteville, North Carolina 1295 posts
18th Mar '13

It really depends on the child....some kids end up bored in pre k because they need a more advanced curriculem it really just depends I never went to pre k did about a month of kindergarden was skipped to first grade that being said I want my son to start in pre k soon as possible just because of the structure and habit of going to a class and socially etc. but he also does not go to daycare so he is not used to it as I was at his age it all really depends at least have her tested for pre k and ask them do you think she is fine or would it benefit her to go?

Dorian Gray fornication, ri, Wallis and Futuna 105400 posts
18th Mar '13

I don't think you have to
but I enrolled my kids in Per-K at 4 so they would not be overwhelmed with the difference in environment (as opposed to home daycare)

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
18th Mar '13

Man. I remember learning the alphabet IN kindergarten. Nowadays, it's like there's prereqs for kindergarten...



Someday they'll probably make preschool mandatory. The only reason we didn't send DS is because all the preschools are sooo expensive and we made too much to qualify for head start.

human making in progress 2 kids; Port Orchard, Washington 7986 posts
18th Mar '13

I would recommend it. Going to preschool is more than just learning the skills to be a good kindergartner.

Red Bottom 2 kids; Middelfart, Denmark 15275 posts
18th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Aiden,Jared&Olivia's momm:</b>" My son didnt have to pass anything to get into kindergartedn,he never went to pre k"</blockquote>




Well here you have to pass a test.