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HHassist

Just wondering what other parents thoughts are on preschool? Do you think it is necessary for kids? Do they really benefit that much from it or is just sending them to kindergarten when the time comes just fine? Anyone want to share any good or bad experiences? Did your child go easily or were they frightened to be left at preschool? My inlaws think it is necessary and we will be doing a disservice to our child if we don't start with preschool.

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I really appreciate everyone's opinions! My Dh and I will have to have a long discussion and investigate what programmes are offered in our area.

I have always been of the same feeling that kids get so much schooling without adding to it but my inlaws see it differently. For their sake, we will look into it as it seems like an issue that is causing some family turmoil. In the end though, they will just have to accept what decision my husband and I make.

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You have made an excellent point, that other opportunities for social interactions can be found in most communities. Personally, I think exposure to large groups of children together with exposure to structured activities is all that is needed to avert the potential "shock" of kindergarden.

I think that trying to teach a child to socialize in a large group without actually exposing them to groups of other children would be like trying to teach someone to swim without water. Some experience in that environment is necessary!

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Thanks for sharing your opinions...keep them coming!

I have really been struggling with this. I don't really want to send my little one (almost 4) to preschool. Honestly, for my own selfish reasons. I will miss her terribly. I like having her all to myself still. She really doesn't get very much socialization with kids. When she does play with other kids she loves it although she isn't great at sharing. Now that we have a new baby, I am worried that if she goes off to preschool then she won't build a good relationship with him since she will be focused on her new friends.

My inlaws (one a elementary school teacher) think that she needs more socialization with kids. I am feeling really pressured. I guess in my heart I think my little girl would benefit from it but at the same time I really would rather wait until kindergarten.

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My kids did not go to preschool, but they did go to a good daycare part-time prior to kindergarden. I think that the experience of interacting with other kids in a group is good - it helps with the adjustment to kindergarden. They learn all the sharing rules, the sitting quietly rules, the being-away-from-mommy rules. The only reason I think a chld might "need" preschool is to prepare them for kindergarden, which is often a shock to the little ones who are used to a quiet home, to having their stuff to themselves, etc...

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