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What does a child need to know before going to preschool?

does he need to know his colors? numbers? should he be potty trained?

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exxOHjackie

Asked by exxOHjackie at 12:46 AM on Feb. 23, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Most pre-schools want him to be potty trained. Ask the school their preference.
    AnnaMac

    Answer by AnnaMac at 12:52 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • More than likely he will need to be potty trained. My 3 year old is in a class where they will actually help with the potty training.

    They do NOT need to be able to count to 100 to start PRE school. They do NOT need to know all of their ABCs, they do NOT need to know how to write their name or know their address...their colors or their shapes.

    If they DO know those things, great. But they will learn their letters, numbers, shapes and colors IN pre-school. They will begin writing their name and will learn their address and phone number.

    They aren't "required" to know anything when they START preschool. Preschool is there to help them learn those things.
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:30 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • My son had to be potty trained, count to 100, know his ABC's, write his name and address, know his colors and I think thats just about it
    ronjwake

    Answer by ronjwake at 12:54 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • Go online to any major preschool website (Learning Care Group, Sunrise, Knowledge Learning Corp.) they all have posts of their curriculum by age. That is a great way to see what will be going on in the classroom and know the expectations.
    AZBlondeLisa

    Answer by AZBlondeLisa at 1:15 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • "My son had to be potty trained, count to 100, know his ABC's, write his name and address, know his colors and I think thats just about it"


    here in Georgia, that is what they want the kids to know when they come into Kindergarten. Though knowing all the above would be a great thing to start preschool with!!


    For 3-4 year old pre-school, I think they just need to be potty trained.


    VeronicaLee

    Answer by VeronicaLee at 8:18 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • The only requirement here is they must be fully potty trained. This is a State run Pre-K Program though. What exactly are you looking into?
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 6:41 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • At the beginning of the school year, my daughter started attending a private pre-school at age 2-1/2 and there were no requirements other than being at least 2-1/2. Two weeks ago, she started pre-school through our local schools just after turning 3 due to needing speech therapy and, again, no requirements. Although she goes on the potty and is in Pull-Ups during class, she's not completely potty trained.
    AllAboutKeeley

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 7:43 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • Before Pre-K potty trained. Before Kindergarten all the rest of the stuff ronjwake listed.
    LoveMyDog

    Answer by LoveMyDog at 7:43 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • Potty trained. I NEVER heard of any kid having to know how to count, know ABC's or know colors to get in preschool and if you find one that says they need to know that, move on.

    Christine0813

    Answer by Christine0813 at 8:05 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • I use to work for Head Start. Potty training is not required but VERY much liked!!! They don't provide a changing table (in most centers) and their truely is no time to be changing diapers in a school-like environment. It's really hard on the staff to stop in the middle of say ...story time...to change a shitty diaper. Plus Head Start kids get to go on field trips too - yeah...potty trained kids are easier!

    As for knowing stuff. They don't need to know anything. They will learn it all in whatever program you put your kids into. If any preschool REQUIRES this stuff as the first Mom mentioned..I would look into another school. That is ridiculous. The point of pre-school is to prepare the kids for kindergarten so whatever they don't know will be taught to them. Some schools will "test" in the beginning but that is JUST to see where your child is at - what needs to be worked on the most. It doesn't mean they will be kicked out.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:11 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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