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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Registered: 01-15-2006
Sat, 02-27-2010 - 7:13am

IME a pre-k curriculum is a little different than preschool.

 

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Sat, 02-27-2010 - 7:15am
OMG, LOL.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Sat, 02-27-2010 - 7:32am

there are some families at preschool whose parents don't want them learning english, the culture thing that's so important, so it waits for primary school and teh ESL program i guess.

 

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Sat, 02-27-2010 - 7:36am

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so very true, ITA.

 

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Sat, 02-27-2010 - 8:36am
Ditto. It's all about marketing. Schools spend an inordinate amount of time preparing their application for the award, including tweaking the curriculum if necessary. This is all time spent not focusing on the children's needs. I'm not saying all blue ribbon schools are mediocre, just that a really good school doesn't need to apply for a pat on the back they can use as a marketing tool.
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Sat, 02-27-2010 - 8:44am

Schools don't just "get recognized" as Blue Ribbon schools--they have to spend the time and resources to apply. Most really good schools don't bother because they don't need the label.


I'm not saying that all Blue Ribbon schools are mediocre, but they do tend to be in states like Texas, California, or Florida, where the public school system is generally in poor shape. The Blue Ribbon program is the one thing that decent schools in those states can do to stand out, so it does serve some purpose. But mainly, it's about marketing the school to prospective home buyers in the area.


I can say that if I were in an area where the schools weren't great and private school wasn't an option, I would likely choose a school that had the blue ribbon designation over one that did not.

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Sat, 02-27-2010 - 10:01am
Not in my experience. My children have attended "Blue Ribbon" Schools and "Governor's" Schools and while they are decent they are far from exceptional. Mainly they get it because of stellar test scores and mainly they get that because 98% of the student population comes from college educated professional parents who put education as a priority in their children's lives. If you have mostly easy to teach students, you can get high test scores very easily.
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Registered: 07-17-2007
Sat, 02-27-2010 - 10:04am
Maybe it has changed, because I don't remember our school going through any hurdles to attain "Blue Ribbon" Status. Maybe someone did it for us.
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Sat, 02-27-2010 - 11:01am
Why would the families be involved with the preschool, if they don't want the kids to learn English? Do they ask the preschool teachers not to speak English to their kids?

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Sat, 02-27-2010 - 11:45am

You can also check greatschools.org to get an idea of the schools in your area.

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