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Old 04-22-2013, 08:54 PM   #41
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Re: Preschool or not to Preschool - That is the question

This conversation has been super helpful for me. We're (DH and I) are still wrestling with our decision. So many pros and cons to both...and none of it is black and white. I know that DS is ready for it but at $200 per week for part time is a tough sell. I think being home with me and younger brother would be emotionally nourishing...but less so in terms of experiential learning.

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The research supports "high quality preschool" for all children. Many studies have shown tremendous benefits for low income children, and also benefits over staying home with a family member, daycare, or low quality preschool.

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013...udy-finds?lite

I believe preschool is about learning the structure of school. Listening to the teacher, not always getting to choose what to do, waiting turns, raising your hand, and playing. Lots of play. It's not about the academics. But allows kids to just focus on the academics once they enter kindergarten.

For the record, I am a elementary school teacher, and my oldest started preschool at two years old (stays with grandparents) for socialization. She loved classes we had her in, but they were all short term. She now loves preschool and cheers on the mornings she gets to go. She's also opened up to the other kids a ton.
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This conversation has been super helpful for me. We're (DH and I) are still wrestling with our decision. So many pros and cons to both...and none of it is black and white. I know that DS is ready for it but at $200 per week for part time is a tough sell. I think being home with me and younger brother would be emotionally nourishing...but less so in terms of experiential learning.

Thanks again mamas.
I would keep looking if it is that much. Many full time daycares aren't that much! Try your local churches. Ours are about $30 per morning around here, and most programs are 2 or 3 days a week. Granted, most places are probably full by April. Registration here starts the first week in January.
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If it will strain you financially, I would have to take a long, hard look at it first. But otherwise, I would not hesitate, depending on the child.

My oldest could have benefitted from pre school so much.
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