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Yes, I feel strongly that preschool is important for any child going into a school setting. I don't think more than 1 year is necessary. There are so many small things that preschool teaches a child. I don't even think learning the academic stuff is that important.
Preschools teaches: how to take turns, how to share, how to let an adult know when you need help (learn to speak up for yourself), how to be away from mom or dad, how to socialize with other kids who you may not like or have anything in common with, how to have an activity for a whole year, how to sit in a group without touching others, how to raise your hand, how to use the bathroom completely on your own, how to speak in front of a group of kids (sharing time), how to take direction from an adult other than your parent.
And for parents it gives you an adult who has knowledge of development and socialization and can give you a "heads up" if there might be any issues.
If your child has been in daycare, preschool may not be necessary. If you are going to homeschool your child, then again, it wouldn't make sense to send them to preschool. But for a child who has been at home with their parent, preschool is really a must and not for academics. In this day and age of so many kids in daycare and preschool, kindergarten teachers pretty much take for granted that your child has been away from you before and knows how to behave in a group setting. The child who doesn't have those experiences most likely will have a very difficult time for the first few weeks of kindergarten, especially if it is an all day kindergarten.
I live in an area where most kids have gone to preschool and/or daycare, so those who haven't are at a disadvantage when kindergarten begins. And since most kindergartens teach what used to be 1st grade curriculum, there really isn't a lot of time for a child to "get used" to being away from mom or dad before the academics begin.
I'll be doing most of it at home. We plan on homeschooling, because the education system here is a hot mess (I'm a former teacher) That being said, we are very active in our playgroup and plan on schooling together with a few other moms. I teach music now, so its not hard for me to use lesson plans, etc. I think it will be great. I dont think preschool is needed. Kids are forced to learn the system far too early! Preschool here is kindergarten and so on.