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3 Reasons to Send Your Child to Preschool

 3 Reasons to Send Your Child to Preschool

Is preschool necessary? Some Circle of Moms members are pretty sure that it can be skipped. But if you're on the fence, it's helpful to consider the benefits as well. Here are three reasons to send your child to preschool, as shared by Circle of Moms members.

1. A Late Birthday

By the time Circle of Moms member Dione W.'s daughter turned five, she had been home-schooled for two and a half years, her social and academic skills were great, and Dione said she was “ready to go to school.” But because her birthday was in early October, after the cut-off for eligibility, she couldn’t go to “big school.”  

Not wanting to keep her home another year, Dione sought the advice of the Circle of Moms community, who almost unanimously recommended sending her daughter to a Pre-K or preschool program.  

Jodi advised finding a pre-school in the neighborhood in order to develop “friendships with other kids her own age who will end up starting school with her.” Lisa N. agreed, pointing out that while being challenged academically is important, emotional maturity is equally as important.

2. Access to Early Intervention Services

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) , once a child turns three, the state education agency is responsible for special education services for children with disabilities. 

How those services are provided vary by state, but Circle of Moms member Sherry T. said it best when she said “The school is required to provide services for your child starting at the age of three.”

Many states will only provide services like speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy if a child is enrolled in a public or state-approved preschool or PreK program. Mom Paula says that in her son’s case “the services were not [in] the school system, but were paid for by the school system,” while he attended a therapeutic preschool.

3. Kindergarten Isn’t What it Used to Be

When mom Holly G. asked Circle of Moms members about sending her child to PreK or just waiting until kindergarten, it was clear from the responses that kindergarten is about more than socialization and learning letters and numbers.

Pam B. , mom to a four-year-old is also a kindergarten teacher. She was quick to point out that kindergarten is much more academic than it used to be and that she would recommend the preparation a good PreK can provide.  Stay-at-home-mom Angie K. agreed, stating  “kindergarten has changed so much” as one of the reasons she sent her children to preschool.  

It’s also the reason Tena C. wishes she had sent her younger son to preschool instead of daycare. Tena’s older son is in high school. “Kindergarten is nothing like it used to be and has very high expectations compared to before,” she explains.  “We were so unprepared [for] what is expected academically.” 

Image Source: D. Sharon Pruitt via Flickr/Creative Commons

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KrystleSpielman KrystleSpielman 4 years
IMO, "Play-school" yes. "Pre-school" no. Small children are meant to learn through play. Not in an academic and structured setting.
CarolineBarber43879 CarolineBarber43879 4 years
The preschool I send my son to came with strong recommendations from friends who had sent their children there over some years, and I was also able to have a introduction session for my son to see how he and the preschool staff felt about him starting there. My son started preschool for two 2 hour sessions a week the term after his 2nd birthday as I felt he was ready as he has always been quite a forward child. It has enabled him to expand his relationships with adults he can trust, he is with children that will also go onto school with him so he has started to make strong friendships. This was key as I worry about him being an only child that not having siblings may put him at a disadvantage in some way socially. I have nothing to worry about. I can talk openly and honestly with staff about any concerns I may have, and my son loves the structure. They hold a lot of the values I have about what they expect from the children. My son and I have lovely conversations about what he has been doing each day when I collect him, as their curriculum works closely with the local primary schools, and they assess the children on their abilities and key stages of development, and this information goes with them to the primary school they will attend. I would recommend anyone thinking of preschool for their child/children to do your homework by visiting possible preschools in your area, talk to friends and family who have sent their children to the same preschools, talk to the staff, see if they offer an introduction session - sometimes the separation anxiety is more with the parents than with the child as I found out, but it has been one of the best things I have chosen to do for him at this stage in his life
CoMMember13631168226529 CoMMember13631168226529 4 years
I sent both my children to preschool beginning at age 3. I was very careful about the preschool I chose, I asked for recommendations from other mothers as to which preschools they recommended. The schools I chose were not day care centers but preschools only. At three they went 2 mornings a week and at 4 they went 3 half days a week. Both children had late birthdays so they would have stayed out an extra year. That being said, I looked for a program that was more social related, not necessarily academic minded. I wanted my children to learn to deal with other children, there were no other children in our neighborhood that they could interact with. I also wanted them to learn to work with other adults, learn to pay attention, follow directions, etc. I don't think it is necessary, or even advisable to try to teach a 3 year old how to read but the activities that they did were all skills that would help them once they were in school. They both did well in school after this experience.
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