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Preschool Isn't Mandatory, Mom Can Teach It Too

If mama always knows best, then why send her tot off to school? Or nursery school at least? During one of my many preschool tours, a gutsy mother asked a bold question to the director. She said, "Why do I even want to send my child to preschool? Is it necessary?" The head of the school stuttered a bit and then said, "Many children don't need preschool. Your child will be fine without it if you choose not to attend." She then followed it up with the significant fact that there was only one opening for the Fall. Too bad she didn't tell the room full of parents that before we all donated $50 to her funds.

Many folks send their toddlers off to preschool with the hope they will flourish socially and educationally with their peers. For others, the play-based versus academic environment question doesn't come into play because they keep their babies (and cash) at home and teach them the ABCs at the breakfast table. Are you a preschool or home-school mom?

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Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
^ And by read, I mean longer, more "complicated" words for a two year old. I knew how to read, and in turn write simpler words.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Oh, Kia reminded me. My mom taught me more than Pre-K ever did! At 2, I could write and was learning to read! Before pre-k I had much social interactions, at "camps" and other activities. Some parents do a very good job at raising their children outside of the school system. My boyfriend was homeschooled his entire life, and he got his GED at 15 (when he felt like taking the exam) and is plenty good with people and interacts just fine. I mean, unless you live under a damn rock, you will interact with people all the time.
kia kia 7 years
I wish I could do it like my mom. She worked part-time when I was young and managed to get me reading by the time I was 2 1/2. I had my first library card when I turned 3 thanks to her.
katiekat95 katiekat95 7 years
As a teacher I would say that preschool is a major benefit for socialization. When I taught kindergarten I had many more problems with the children that did not attend preschool- they didn't share, know how to follow directions, etc. I taught in the inner-city so I'm sure parents who enroll their children in social activies will have different results.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
preschool isnt the only source of social interaction. There are dozens of other options including play dates, short classes, and activities. We already attend 3 different types that allow her to interact with children her age without parental influence, and those dont include daily park or play gym trips.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
What about social interaction with other children ?
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I won't be doing an outside preschool with my children. One of my absolute favorite things with little kids is play and learning, and I really think they spend enough time and years in school, so 5-6 is early enough.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I use to work for an institution that helps at risk children from 0-5 at educational centers. It is scientific research that backs up the claims that children do the most of their learning and has the biggest impact on their learning from ages 0-5. I think it's about choices and what you teach your children. Your child can attend preschool but when they leave that does not stop the learning. I think it's all about reinforcement.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
mine all went and really enjoyed it. from 3-4 it was 3 hours a day twice a week and from 4-5 it was 3 hours a day 3 times a week. it was fun for them, they got to socialize and get the idea of a group and following a schedule. but my bff didn't send her middle child because she didn't think he would like it. every child is different.
mom2bella mom2bella 7 years
It all depends on whether or not you are a working mother. I work, I don't have the choice to stay home and teach my child.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
After having worked at a preschool in college, I am vehemently against it. While I am all for formal education, especially as a teacher, I am completely aware that it is not for everyone. It seems like when children get older, there is less room to kind of mess up and be irresponsible. Plus, when you're older you're usually just sitting around doing work, rather than in Pre-K, out on the playground, playing in centers, a short circle time, etc. In my experience in the two pre-k's I worked at, it was just horrendous. You encounter employees who are truly extremely horrible in their behavior, from screaming and yelling, to letting kids sit in dirty diapers and being unwilling to help with potty training. The directors are even less forthcoming. I have seen them deny parents and say the classes were full because the child "seemed" like too much to handle, or they "didn't like" the parents. One director denied the sweetest little girl and said the class was full because the mother had long, black hair and a tattoo. The behavior I saw in adults was despicable, and needless to say there is no friggen way on god's green earth I am letting my child near a pre-school. Some are not as great as you think they are. Some people are more evil than you think they are. Some people are just there for the money and couldn't care less about your child. I will not have my child treated the way some of those kids were treated by their teachers. Personally, I enjoyed pre-school...but after my bad experiences working at one, I there is no way I will ever trust them again, and therefore, until my child can enter kindergarten, they will not be attending any kind of school.
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