Too bad you don't live here, our cutoff is December 31.
Hi, and welcome to the board!
For starters, in our area, there is a big difference between pre-K and preschool. Pre-K is academic and very structured. Some preschools are more academic than developmental but their goals are still more about exposure than actively teaching reading, writing and math. Is this so in your area?
Personally, we chose play-based, developmental preschools for our children. Their schools didn't do "letters
Totally agree with turtletime. Developmental preschool is the way to go, IMO, for 3-year-olds kids who don't need to be taught preliminary pre-academic skills. No academic program for preschoolers is going to fit a 3-year-old who is reading... and she clearly doesn't need an academic program in order to challenge herself to learn and grow!Miranda
Miranda in rural BC, Canadamom to three great kids and one great grown-upunschooler, violist, runner, doc
Add me to the list suggesting a play based preschool. My dd could not start preschool last fall b/c of the cutoff date, so we did a 2 yr old playgroup (Mommy & Me class) at the preschool we were considering. That turned out very well, I got to see how the school worked.
My dd is not as advanced as yours, but we chose a play based preschool over an academically focused one b/c she already has the academics down. She really needs to work on her social skills and being part of a group. My dd is 10 yrs younger than my twins. So most of the time it's just the two of us.
We had the option of placing her in a 4s class in Fall '11 instead of the 3s class which fit her age. I actually chose not to do that since so many of the kids in the playgroup are going into the 3s class and it seems like a good group of kids.
It's obvious the academics won't be an issue for your dd. I would encourage you to consider a preschool with more of an open exploration or play based curriculum rather than a school that emphasizes learning colors and shapes which would be the norm for a 3 yr old curriculum.
If you are satisfied with the Prek3 class you have chosen then leave her there. Even if she knows every academic concept they introduce, there should be lots of time for play and socializing which is even more important than letters and shapes at this age. You know your child best. Listen to your gut and your child.
Welcome to posting on the board Shyla, and
No matter what type of program you do (and I lean toward the play based too) I would not commit to the whole year and instead take it a month at a time.
Thank you everyone!!!