Should I send her to PreK3?

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Should I send her to PreK3?
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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 11:57am

Hi,

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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 12:15pm

Too bad you don't live here, our cutoff is December 31.

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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 12:49pm

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

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Registered: 07-23-2002
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 7:37pm

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

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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 12:43pm
We also had a good experience with a play-based, development preschool for our kids. You are correct that the "letter of the day" is not appropriate for her. However, developmental "schools" have mostly free play, an art project (not even required if the child is not interested), puzzles, circle time, snack and outside play (or in the basement in inclement weather). Ours was a cooperative school, so parents helped in the classroom. Hopefully, there are schools like that in your area!

Also, our school and many others had a 4+ program for kids that missed the cut-off for K, but were too old or had already completed a 4yo preschool program. That may work for your dd if she misses the K cutoff.

Good luck!
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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 2:33pm

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.

Cathie, mom to Audrey & Emily 12 yrs, Libby 2 yrs
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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 2:39pm

Welcome to posting on the board Shyla, and

Suzanne
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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 11:12am

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.

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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 4:00pm

Thank you everyone!!!

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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 4:53pm

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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 9:22pm
My quick and dirty take on the term is that Developmental Preschool the type of preschool program that nurtures children's growth and learning based on their natural developmental imperatives -- through social experiences, discovery, creativity, play and so on. This is to differentiate this approach from Academic Preschool, where the idea is to push the window and attempt to coax children into learning early academic skills as preparation for the demands of an academic school environment.

Please feel free to correct me if you think I've over-simiplified it, or if my understanding does not jive with the use of the terms in your area.

Miranda

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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