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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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 5:23pm
Now THAT is a very good point. Bwa-ha-ha! What is with the stupid HYP obsession anyway? I finally managed to smack dh down about that (dd is off to college in the fall). He claims that the ivy thingy really helped him along the way, and that is probably true. But the way I see it, the kiddo will need two degrees anyway, so who cares if the first one is not from a first tier school.

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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 5:35pm
Beats me. My niece is a Harvard grad, but what she would really like is to become a pastry chef. ;) New grads can't get jobs anyway. My nephew just graduated summa cum laude from Brown and can't find a job in his field. I think grad school is a given if the economy doesn't improve. Of course, you're in Greece, which I hear is going bankrupt anyway. ;)
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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 5:47pm

>no child NEEDS preschool.<

I beg to differ with you on this. I work for a ECEAP program~~I'm the bus driver and have had kiddo's get on the bus speaking little to NO English at all. These kid's and very low income kids do need preschool. I've seen with my own eyes the great things that come from a child getting into a good preschool program. My ESL kiddo's start speaking very quickly and it is wonderful. I encourage their parents to get into a ESL class as well.

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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 6:06pm
True, a statement about all children needing or all children not needing preschool would be incorrect. The child of a middle-income, English-speaking, playgroup-arranging, highly involved SAHM probably wouldn't need it. The child of lower-income limited English parents or uninvolved parents would probably benefit from it.














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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 6:25pm

Bryn never did a day of daycare Harm' and she is doing awesome in school.


All my other kids had daycare, but I didnt see an iota of difference between thier school performance

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Thu, 02-25-2010 - 12:57am
Thanks Jenna, and everyone else too. This really helped me make up my mind, and yay I can mark finding a preschool off my list for another year! Now I just have to hope my current babysitter is free the extra hours I may need her for in the Fall.

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Thu, 02-25-2010 - 2:38am

LOL, yes the country really is in dire straits, but I expect we will pull through one way or the other.

I do know a kid who went to some kind of Ivy, only to end up in the restaurant business. That was what he had always wanted to do. OTOH, I see nothing wrong with a pastry chef who has a Harvard degree. I also worked in the food business for a while, and it is fun and creative work, which is often also very lucrative. In fact, any kind of honest artisan profession, whether plumbing or pastry, is probably more likely to earn you a steady living these days than having an MBA. Besides those annoying MBAs are what got Greece into this mess in the first place.

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Thu, 02-25-2010 - 7:22am
My niece is a pastry chef, a CIA graduate.
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Thu, 02-25-2010 - 8:57am
That is too funny about Martha Stewart. The CIA is an excellent school.

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Thu, 02-25-2010 - 6:14pm

I expect you will. ;)

I see nothing wrong with a pastry chef with a Harvard degree either--I just wouldn't want to pay for Harvard and then have the kid decide to be a pastry chef. (My niece isn't going to quit her job to become a pastry chef anyway;)).

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