Thursday, May 6, 2010

How do you know your kids is ready for PreK?

I have a 4 year old son and he says he wants to go to preschool this fall.  I am just not sure he is ready!  He is very emotional and other than just getting him used to a class room setting I am not sure if its worth sending him to school right now.  Maybe its a little bit of me being selfish too.  I don't know if I am ready to have someone else teaching him  yet!

Any suggestions?  How did you know it was the right time to send your kids to school?


I felt the same way about my daughter, and waited a year so that she turned 5 two months after starting. I find it is really good for her, though- she is learning some of the self-discipline that comes with being part of a bigger group and is learning more about taking turns and sharing. Not to speak of all the messy and fun activities she gets to do that I mean to do at home but tend to put off! I also notice she is able to sit quietly for longer during Church meetings, which has to be a plus!

Thanks. I have been leaning more towards sending him. It is a Christian PreK and I know my daughter loved it. "M" just doesnt seem ready - but I will probably try it like you suggested!

Goodness- that is such a hard decision! My baby isn't quite at this cross roads- but i already worry about it! If it helps you at all, I was on the cut off line for school growing up, so my mom held me back to start school a year later. So rather than being the youngest of the incoming class, I was in the older group the next year- and I always LOVED that!

I'm sure whatever you decide will be great! Visiting from Mom Loop!

Follow your instincts. My children are 12, 10 1/2, and 8 1/2. My oldest two are boys and they were very emotional and attached to me at that age. Against my maternal instincts, they both started preschool because others said they needed to learn how to deal with being away from me. They were not ready to leave and many problems occurred as a result. My daughter, on the other hand was ready and willing and had no problems when she started at 3. If I were to do it all over again, I would have kept the boys home.

I was a K teacher for many years, so I don't know much about preK, but I do know it really prepares them for K. Just a few hours a few times a week is good for your son to learn about school. Welcome to blogging! I'm over here from Mom Loop.

I would agree with Shonda that pre-K really helps prepare them for success in K...learning how to listen, sit for a bit, follow directions. I would listen to your son, listen to your gut, and maybe plan to send him and give it a try! The worst thing that could happen is that he's not ready and you pull him out. If he thinks he's ready, he really may be!
Welcome to blogging, I'm pretty new too! I stopped over from Mom Loop Friday Follow!

Thanks all. I want to listen to my gut but there is a $45 application fee + $145 a month for 3 day. I have taught in a daycare and homeschooled so I am confident I can prepare him for school. It's the interaction I am more concerned with. I will be doing a lot of praying. Thanks for the advice :)

I concur with the feeling about little boys and their attachments to Moms, their separation anxiety, and their readiness for pre-K developing later for many. My son was just like that...

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