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    pleeeeease! Dh and I are trying to decide if we will be sending our little Katelyn to pre-school in the fall. *sniff* *cry* Ok I'm back

    She is currently 3 and goes to nursery school twice a week for 2 1/2 hours. This is more like a play group where they sing songs, do crafts, and play games, but I thought with me being a stay at home Mommy it would help her get used to being out in the world a little bit. So having said that we are now at the point where I need to register her for pre-K or keep her in the nursery school another year. She is currently 3 1/2 and will turn 4 on November 9th. The rules for pre-K are they have to turn 4 before December 1st, so she will be fine age wise. This puts her on the path to be going to kindergarten when she is 6 weeks shy of 5.

    Ok I tried to give you all the info there. We are getting pulled in every direction and I honestly just need some advice. I have a friend who works in a school system and she says wait, but others say send her she will be fine. Basically I don't want to send her too early and I don't want to make her wait too long? Help me..please...



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    I personally think that kids should socialise with other children and adults. It teaches them to respect others and builds confidence. It also gives the main caregiver a break. It's about balance, both mine went a morning a week from 6 months and I think it benefitted us all. Don't let others tell you what to do though, do what feels right to you. In the UK our kids go to pre k Shelly as the norm if that helps?















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    Our 4 year old GS is in pre-school. The kids have 2 teachers in the classroom and we are going to an Open House tomorrow night. Not only is he learning to interact with other children but the teachers are doing a great job with them on themes for different topics. They have visited fire stations, had doctors and nurses come to visit the classroom, gone on nature walks and tons of other things.





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    I think the experience would be invaluable for her
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    I think you have to do what you and her dad think is for the best. I am guessing she loves nursery and if so she will love kindergarden. Although a little different due to her needs Beth went to the local child assesment unit for two mornings and then at 3 started school. She went for two mornings and within two weeks was full time as she loved it.

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    Thanks guys! We didn't have pre-K when Dh and I were small, so that makes it a bit harder to get good advice.

    She loves her nursery school and cried last week when we had Spring break and she couldn't go

    I think she is ready. I think she will do well. I guess if in the long run we decide she isn't quite ready we could keep her in pre-k another year before she goes to kindergarten. I just hear so many stories of "My parents sent me early and then I got held back in 1st grade." I don't want that to happen to her. I don't want things to be harder for her than they need to be because she is younger.



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    Shelly is the main question whether or not she should start kindergarten a little 'early'? I would say go for the Pre-K this year if you think she's ready. It appears she likes school and is doing well.
    In DSs 2yr old nursery class there are several kids whose birthdays are past Sept. DS was born in January so he is almost 10 months older than them. If you looked at the class right now I couldn't tell who is older and who is younger.
    My sister's b-day is at the end of December. She was always the youngest but I can tell you she was always the smartest too! :)
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    Yes, that was the main question If she should go this year or wait another year.

    I think from all the info I'm getting that she would be alright to start in the fall. then I can just keep an eye on things. Right now she does 2 1/2 hours 2 days a week and pre-k will be 2 1/2 hours every day, so it won't be that different then what she does now.



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    This is a decision that only you and your DH can make.

    But I will share my own personal experience. I was 4 when I started kindergarten. The cut off back then was Dec 1st, I turned 5 in Oct. I went to a private Christian school and we had to know how to read when we started but that wasn't an issue for me. I was also the tallest kid in my class until 7th grade! I was also one of the youngest. Intellectually I did very well in school. Socially, well I excel at being social but I had never been to day care or a preschool prior to kindergarten so sitting still and not chatting everyone up was a bit of a problem (still is )

    I'm glad I started early. I think since I was so tall, it would have been even more noticeable if I had to wait another year.

    I pesonally think you should let her go. If it's too much, she can do it again. Nothing wrong with repeating kindergaren.












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    thank you It does help to hear your story!

    I think she is ready and I think she will do well.

    I'm glad I won't have to worry about Marc because his birthday is February and since the cut off date is December 1st, so he will be waiting the extra year



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