Good thing or not really necessary?
Did/do your child(ren) go?
My children both went and it was a great experience for them
My oldest only went 1 day a week the year before kindergarten. We just couldn't afford it. He is doing fabulous in first grade now! My younger son just started preschool earlier this month. He LOVES it! He qualified for free preschool through the school district since he needs it for speech.
my daughter went for two years - 2 days the first year and 3 days the next. It was mornings only. I think it was a great way to get a little experience in a classroom setting. It is beneficial for kids who either are at home all the time or at a sitter who is not a day care facilitiy. It helped with my daughters shyness and provided her some good basic skills. While you could teach the skills at home since both my hubby and I work fulltime we wanted her to have the experiences!
My son went 4 hours a week at 2... 3 mornings a week at 3 and 5 mornings a week at 4. He learned to be in a social setting (he is an only) he learned a lot academically. My son recieved services as well, o/t, p/t in the classroom. I thought it was quite beneficial for him. I also felt he needed to learn how to be and rely on other people. My hubby and i dont live near family..and my hubby works from 6am to 7pm.. So i really needed those 3 2.5 hours to myself to be a better mom.
I think its a good thing, but not absolutely necessary. Many kids do just fine in school w/o ever going to preschool. But it can be a great way to get used to going to school & learn some social & academic skills before K.
My older two went for half days and loved it! My daughter will be starting half days in August.
HIGHLY valuable when it is a high-quality pre-k.
I would never consider skipping pre-k for my kids.
My son is in his second year of preschool. Last year he went 2 mornings a week for 3 hours. This year he goes 4 days a week for 3 hours. I love his school. I think preschool is necessary for a child to be ready for kindergarten. There are so many things that a child learns at preschool that they won't learn at home.
Quoting GwenMB:I think its a good thing, but not absolutely necessary. Many kids do just fine in school w/o ever going to preschool. But it can be a great way to get used to going to school & learn some social & academic skills before K.
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