Did your child go to Pre-K? Do you think its necissary before heading into kindergarten? Pros/Cons?
Yes my child did, and it was a fabulous experience for her. She socialized, learned, and got used to the routine of a classroom. She'll be going into 2nd grade now, and once in a while still mentions how she misses her pre school class. ;)
My twin boys went to 2 years of Pre-K and their first year was eeh! Their second year was FANTASTIC!! They did very well and it really did prepare them for Kindergarten.
I would say that it depends on the child. Some kids could benefit from Pre-K and others don't really need it. My kids NEEDED it :D
My dd did well w/o it. We placed ds in pre-k, though, to get him more socialized & to improve his fine motor skills.
Both of my boys went to pre-k and feel like it was a good thing for them. If your child is getting a lot of socilization, learning, and can seperate from you fairy easily, then in may not be necessary.
Ds went for 4 months but we had to pull him for health reasons. He had fun but he refused to learn because his teacher was mean and often put the kids down in front of them when giving "report" to the parents at the door for pickup. Like a pp said, some kids need it and others don't. My dd entered the school arena part way through her 1st grade year and settled in just fine. :)
My oldest son went to 3 year olds but not 4 year olds because we were moving so much (military)... Our 2nd son went to 3 and 4 year olds and you can tell a major difference... Our oldest is being held back and our 2nd son excels at everything he does! I would say it is a must if you can afford it!
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