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Does Your Child Need To Go To Preschool?

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There is a simple answer to this complex question. No.

Children don't need preschool to gain admission to kindergarten or to
succeed in life. In fact, the wrong preschool experience could
potentially set a child back by creating a negative perception of school,
learning, and socializing. However the right preschool experience can
give a child a headstart academically and socially over peers without
preschool.

In order to make the right choice for your child you need to ...


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preschool, early childhood, kid, read, alphabet, literacy, book,
kindergarten, parent, reading


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There is a simple answer to this complex question. No.

Children don't need preschool to gain admission to kindergarten or to
succeed in life. In fact, the wrong preschool experience could
potentially set a child back by creating a negative perception of school,
learning, and socializing. However the right preschool experience can
give a child a headstart academically and socially over peers without
preschool.

In order to make the right choice for your child you need to look at what
a preschool program should do for children. Ideally, preschool should
help integrate children socially so they learn about the rules and
structures of society in general and school society in particular. In
addition, preschool helps students begin a foundation of academic
knowledge including literacy, numbers, and culture.

The actual content, focus, and structure of preschool programs varies
widely from community to community (and often even within communities)
but most programs achieve these two primary goals for students. However a
parent can easily accomplish similar goals without the confines of a
specific preschool program.

Obviously many families need to arrange some type of day care for the
preschool age children and if this is the case then it often makes sense
to combine day care and preschool. Children who regularly attend day care
programs with other children are less likely to need the social aspects
of a preschool education. They likely learned how to play with others,
the rules of sharing, and how to follow instructions and other key social
lessons. Similarly children who belong to a large family or live in a
neighborhood where a group of children regularly interact need less
social education than children who do not regularly interact with their
peers. Parents can replicate these social situations by seeking out play
groups and community activities.

It is fairly easy to create a home preschool program for children. There
are packaged curriculums available for purchase, materials available from
local libraries, and information available on the internet. You can
choose a program created entirely by someone else or create your own
individual program to suit you and your child. Some television programs
even offer additional material on the internet to supplement programming
that would be suitable for a homeschooling project.

A motivated parent can certainly create a quality preschool program for
their child that exceeds the results of any professional program. It is
simply important to keep in mind your primary goals. What do you want
your child to learn? What skills do you want your child to master? Do you
simply want to prepare your child for kindergarten or do you have more
advanced goals in mind?

The right preschool program can definitely give children a head start on
long-term educational success, but not all programs are created equal and
sometimes even a wonderful preschool program isn't right for certain
children. Some children may benefit more from spending another year or
two in a more nurturing atmosphere, such as home or a small day care.
When making the preschool decision it is important to consider the
individual child as well as the individual programs available. It is not
a one-size-fits-all decision.

				
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