Preschool?

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Preschool?

Anyone sending their May babies to preschool next year? It is registration time here, and I find myself really torn. My other kids started 2 mornings a week (it is short, 2.5 hours) at 2 1/2, but they were a true 2.5 as they have Feb and March birthdays. Part of me knows that he would love it, but part of me is too selfish to want to give him up yet. He seems so young.

Anyone else thinking about this? We did two days at 2, three days at 3, 4 days at four, and then kindergarten here is 5 half days. I love that progression, and if I don't start him in Sept he wont be able to follow the same progression.

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We will definitely not be sending Beni next year. She could start at DH's school when she's 3- it would be 5 half days a week- and I'm not even sold on that, because I feel like it's a lot/too much. I do really like the progression your other kids did. Wish we had access to something like that. I could see myself doing it if I had access to something like that.

As a side note- do your kids get any kind of progress report or report card from preschool? Part of what I am not into about the 3 year old program at our school is that it is run as a direct lead-in to the rest of school (not a bad thing really)- but in the sense that they start things like report cards and other very academic aspects already at that age. I would much rather she went to something that was more like play, story time, play outside, art, play kind of thing (pretty focused on play!).

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No, their whole stated philosophy is play based learning. Lots of songs, crafts, games, etc etc. An emphasis on getting along well in a group, raising hands, social behavior etc etc. My son (almost 5) has one day of the week called "enrichment" which is slightly more educationally oriented, they focus on science and work a lot with the scientific method, setting up stations to problem solve and whatnot, but it is still fun based i.e no grades or conferences or whatnot. They do more pre reading and math oriented things on that one day.

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That sounds awesome, Melissa! Love it. The funny thing is, our school is an IB school with the PYP in the primary (if that doesn't mean anything to you, don't even worry about it), which is all meant to be child-centered and inquiry based... but find it ends up taking on a lot of academic focus anyway. I don't like it.

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We go to a coop preschool now, it is one day a week for an hour and a half. We just play, then have a snack, go outside & then do singing time before we go home. Next year we will probably do the two year old class, I will go with him and they meet twice a week. It has been good for Nico to learn to play together & that he kind of needs to follow the schedule. Really the main reason we go is because most of the kids from our playgroup go so it is a social thing for me too.

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I really don't think we will even consider putting Jordan into anything until she is 3. At that point I may start her in some type of Mother's Day out program two times a week. Honestly, right now that seems so far away that I don't give it much thought. I do think it's beneficial to have them experience some type of classroom structure, even it's it's mostly play, before they start school. I don't want to throw her into Kindergarten without any type of classroom experience.

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Our big kids went to an AWESOME preschool - and it was academic with a lot of play too. They don't take kids til they are pottytrained and they have a 3 - 1/2 day minimum (and maximum for us due to the cost!) She won't start this fall but maybe next...maybe not...still deciding if she will do 1 year or 2 before K... They'd prob be open to a January start as well... It was an easier decision to send the other 2 because i was working and they were ISOLATED with MIL all day every day. I do want to give her the same pre-K opportunity...

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Our whole daycare is set up like that, with a curriculum. Each month they focus on something, like patterns, textures, colors, family, etc. It's all discovery through play and interaction. They only call the 4yr old/5yr old room preschool, where it's a lot like kindergarten, but all rooms go along with that month's subject, with age-appropriate play and activities. I love that they have a new thing to learn about every month and that they focus on learning through playtime.

Now that I think of it, I don't know if anyone around here does preschool for anyone younger than 3. I think it's all just called daycare, even if they are following a curriculum like ours.

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Interesting how much that varies. 95% of my friends started their kids in preschool at 2.5, the programs are very common here. They are independent schools which do not offer daycare, many are held at churches even if not religiously affiliated.

If his birthday was earlier I would absolutely be doing it.....its just that being an end of May'er he will really only be 2 and three months come september. Still torn. Thinking about not doing it, then starting him in January when he will be a true 2.5

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I don't think you'll regret going with your gut, Melissa. If I weren't working outside of the home all day, I'd probably just wait until she were closer to 3 also.

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Ben will start the prek on his second birthday. Dd already goes and his daycare is licensed until he is 2. Its montessori. Dd lives it there and they start at 2. We both work so they have ti go somewhere and I like what I've seen in. Belle.

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Aaron goes to daycare once a week when I'm at work from 8.30-4.30 and they do a lot of play (the centre is called B****** Play and Learn), he's in the toddler room until he's 2.5 and then he goes into the kindy room and they do a lot of play based learning there too. They have a 3 year kindy programme, I may or may not send him. I never sent my girls to 3 year old kindy, then again the way it's set up here it goes: kindy; 2 full days - pre-primary;5 days a week and then they go into year one 5 days a week (my DD#2 goes into year one this year and she's not 6 until April)...both my girls started their kindy as 3 year olds (turning 4) anyway, because of being born before 30th June they sort of start the year ahead (eg: Aaron is only 3 months older than his cousin, born in the same year, but they will be in different school years).