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Is preschool necessary?

My daughter is turning 3 in April. She is in daycare pretty much full-time because both of us (parents) work full-time. But I was wondering if she should be doing preschool a few days a week in the fall? She can barely count to five (she thinks it's funny to count wrong) and she doesn't know any letters except O. We don't have a lot of money, and preschools around here charge almost $100/month for three days and only 2 hours a day... I just don't want her to be behind :(


Asked by brighteyesbryar at 11:48 AM on Mar. 30, 2011 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Preschool doesn't teach your child anything that you can't teach them. My two year old knows his ABC's and can almost sing them correctly, he can count up to 13, he knows almost all of his primary colors, he can recognize letters and some words .. I mean, all of this he has learned from myself and my husband. His educational PBS programming has only further instilled it in him. Preschool is mainly for the social aspect that they normally (in most cases) wouldn't get at home. You SHOULD BE working with her on a daily basis. It's okay that she likes to count out of order, say her ABC's out of order, etc. Right now it's more important that she knows the numbers and letters. I'm sure she knows the proper order now, she's just making a game out of saying them out of order. Keep working with her. Preschool isn't neccissary.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 12:11 PM on Mar. 30, 2011

  • no preschool isnt nessacery you can teach your kids more at home then you can in a preschool. and preschools are so expensive for the little time they are there

    Answer by angeleyz375 at 11:52 AM on Mar. 30, 2011

  • DO you not have a head-start program in your area? I would look into that -- and if not, you may just have to work with her more at home. Do they not actually work with her at her daycare? My LO went to daycare at that age and they worked on letters and numbers daily. G'luck!

    Answer by BaileysMom476 at 11:51 AM on Mar. 30, 2011

  • Not necessary. You could work with her at night on her letters/numbers. Have you checked into HeadStart? I know they do some type of preschool for people with lower incomes.

    Answer by missanc at 11:52 AM on Mar. 30, 2011

  • Definately not neccessary. I homeschool and my daughter who is almost 5 never attended preK. Just work with them at home...put on some educational shows (PBS Kids). A child-friendly website for learning letters and numbers that I personally like (thought it IS cheesy) is .


    Answer by Renee3K at 11:56 AM on Mar. 30, 2011

  • I didn't got to preschool and I was ahead of all the kids who did (academically), but I was behind socially and it was difficult to make friends. But if your child is in daycare, she should get her social skills there.

    Answer by Kword at 11:57 AM on Mar. 30, 2011

  • I didn't send any of my children to Preschool...they all attended daycare till they started Kindergarten except my youngest, he started with Pre-K at the public school so no charge. I don't feel it is necessary at all for them to attend Preschool. I would continue to work with her at home and if you are still concerned in a year, I would contact the public school and see if they offer a Pre-K program.

    Answer by sdks2011 at 11:58 AM on Mar. 30, 2011

  • Preschool would help get her ready for school, but its not completely necessary. Head Starts are great if you have one near you.

    Answer by meooma at 12:06 PM on Mar. 30, 2011

  • They tell us we make too much to use head start....

    Comment by brighteyesbryar (original poster) at 11:55 AM on Mar. 30, 2011

  • Not necessary, but start working with her. Get good letter magnets for the fridge. That's how my kids learned letters. (the leapfrog magnets sing the letter and sound and are great). Work on shapes and colors, but in a fun way. As she eats M&Ms have her say the colors, make it a game. Count her fingers, and then her toes in the bath. She has a long time before kindergarten. She'll get there. Good luck!

    Answer by mompam at 12:04 PM on Mar. 30, 2011