Do children need preschool?

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Do children need preschool?
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Sun, 02-21-2010 - 8:52am
I'm sure some do, but my question is more can a child with a SAHM go without preschool and be successful in pre-K and kindergarten. Say for example a set of twins who have each other all day, and 4 older siblings of various ages who have friends over a lot, and who get some other interaction with similar aged children outside the home for free play a couple of days a week, with an educated mother able to teach the basics of numbers, letters, good behavior, etc. Is preschool a must have for all children, or can a good SAHM skip it? What would a SAHM need to do at home in order to successfully prepare her children for either pre-K or kindergarten without sending the kids to preschool?

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Mon, 02-06-2012 - 2:48pm

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Mon, 01-17-2011 - 9:58pm
I think it depends on the child, the mother and the whole situation. My kids did go to pre-school ( we've been in 5 now!) and there are some very nice advantages for them to be there in a group and learn some things that are different from what they learn at home.
But can they do OK in Kindergarten without going? I'm sure they can, but it would be a bigger adjustment for some maybe.

Anyone can teach shapes, colors, counting , writing at home. I did it with my 3 before they ever went to pre-k. But some things in pre-k were things that I couldn;t do: a visit from a fireman on his firetruck, a parade of 30 4 year olds, singing around a big old piano, group activites, etc.( and all the crafty stuff I am NOT good at)lol

Some libraries offer great programs for kids up to 5 also . We do them often.

Do what is best for you and what feels right .
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Thu, 01-13-2011 - 6:05am

i think it's great you get those screen accomodations without it requiring an IEP, bravo to you and your school..all i told DD was that dyslexia is a type of learning style.

 

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Wed, 01-12-2011 - 2:13pm

that is a coincidence. Im curious what you told her...we dont focus on dds dyslexia in fact we do not make it a issue, she is who she is it is what it is. When i brought it to the attention of our school, they looked at me crossed eyes. They still dont give IEPs for dyslexia thru testing in the school, but thats okay, I have a few teachers on my side and she was dxed thru a specialist.

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Wed, 01-12-2011 - 1:59pm
Glass half empty glass half full...I like that.
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Wed, 01-12-2011 - 6:41am

a funny coincidence i have to tag you with, after signing off here last night i went to snuggle with the kids, DD was reading one of her pony pals books, she asks me what "dyslexia" means because a girl in the book has that.

 

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Wed, 01-12-2011 - 3:48am

It really is odd how many dyslexic traits I have. Any math with graphs is fine with me. Typically I "see" the graph when I read the formula.

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Wed, 01-12-2011 - 3:44am

LOL, I have a sort of George Carlin POV myself, so I get what you are saying. I also know what you have gone through with trying to get proper help for your son.

At the same time, certain dyslexic traits, as well as certain autistic traits, really can be gifts IMHO. That doesn't mean it works that way overall for everyone with these conditions, but much of the time it is a bit like the glass half full or half empty thing. My uncle definitely has a gift in that he can draw architectural plans free-hand at lightning speed and design beautiful things. I wouldn't be surprised if he is faster than a good CAD operator. At the same time he has some very serious social deficits. A friend of mine has severe dyslexia and can barely write. But she can keep absolutely amazing quantities of information in her head and juggle the info to all kinds of ends. In both cases the positive and negative traits are related, and I guess all I am saying is that neither should be overlooked.

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 7:49pm

My dd is very athletic she excels in

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Tue, 01-11-2011 - 7:32pm

i have a cousin who was diagnosed dyslexic in his later high school yeras, this was back in the 80s.

 

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