Pre-School: Yay or Nay?

Happenings of the Harper Household

I’m linking up this week with Danielle from Happenings of the Harper Household and Danielle from We Don’t Have it All Together, But Together We Have It All for their Friendly Debate! This week’s debate is… Pre-school: Yay or Nay?

I say Yay.

In my town, we have a public pre-school and also privately run pre-schools. There are several options available, depending on the child’s age: all day, half-day, 2-3 times per week, or 5 days per week. I went to pre-school as a child and I plan for my daughter (and any future children we have) to do the same.

Preschool

I believe that pre-school is good for children because it allows them to learn to socialize with kids their own age, while learning how to wait, to take turns, and to listen. It also provides a foundation for academic learning – they will learn numerous things like sharing, colors, numbers, letters, shapes, and even some basic reading. Pre-school also gives children some independence and helps develop their personalities more.

For my husband and I, this topic is a no-brainer. We see all of the benefits that pre-school provides and although I’m sure I will be sad to see my baby heading off to school, I strongly believe that it will be the best thing to prepare her for Kindergarten!

I’m curious to see what others’ thoughts are on pre-school. Let me know in a comment below or link up with the Danielle’s by clicking the Friendly Debates button at the top of this post!

Comments

  1. I think pre-school is great. It’s not only great for kids education-wise but it’s the place where they’ll establish their first real friendships on their own. Just like we need adult time, our kids need time to be away from us to have time to socialize and learn how to communicate without us.

  2. I just made the phone call yesterday to start looking into preschool for my Gracie (sobs!)… I know in my heart she needs to be away from me a bit. (sobs again!) She has been with me and my daycare kids 24/7 since the day she was born and that seems like it would be a good thing, but for some reason she still isn’t the best at sharing and taking turns or even listening to ME. I know she needs to be with a teacher and learn these things independently – without me. Ugh.

  3. Oh and I also meant to say… Thanks for linking up this week :)

  4. We just signed my grandson up for preschool next fall. He’ll be going 5 days a week from 8-2:30. I think it will be great for him since he hasn’t had much social interaction at all.

  5. YAH AND NAY! I guess it all depends on the child and what plans you as the mom have. I feel like all 3 were so different it would be hard to say one decision is right for any Mom. It’s always something!

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