Can pre-k offer him anything... or would it be a waste of money?
We homeschool our children (dd12, ds4, and we have a 1 year old as well).
I thought our middle child (Nico - 4) might enjoy attending a pre-k program next year (we have three Catholic schools and, between them, choice of half day or full day, depending on the school); with our eldest beginning junior high at home with me, I'm afraid he may get a bit bored when I'm working with her (I work with him as well, but he does enjoy *a lot* of attention, lol).
He already has plenty of social time, between co-op (where he is also immersed in structure, listening to other adults, etc) and gymnastics.
My concern is whether or not it would be worth it. He knows his shapes, his colors, can recognize written numbers through 10, can count to around 60 (maybe further - I haven't listened, lol), can recognize his alphabet, knows many of his letter sounds, is beginning with CVC words, can work manipulative based addition/subtraction.
First let's clear up the inevitable bash - I am NOT bragging. I know MANY other children his age who can do the exact same things, so I'm in no way trying to paint him as abnormal or gifted - he isn't. The reason I mention what he can do, is because, from what I understand, most of these things are what pre-k classes teach? I ask because that's just what I hear (grapevine!) - I'm not positive.
I'm not sure I'm fond of the idea, as much as I think he would love it, of paying $400+ a month for (essentially) a playdate (because, if it's true that these are the things taught in pre-k, that's all it would be for him).
Is there more to pre-k these days? More than playing and learning the aforementioned academic skills? I *really* think he would ENJOY it, but if all he's getting is play time and socialization, I can add more playdates in the mix, for much cheaper than private pre-k.
I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff: we have traditional gender roles, we're Catholic, I'm Libertarian, he's Republican, we're both conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol). Aimee