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Deciding Whether Preschool Is Right For Your Child
Many parents wonder if they need to send their child to preschool or not. Before you decide for sure if you should or not, make sure that you weigh the pros and cons of sending them. This will help you to make a more informed decision that you can be satisfied with. The truth is that preschool is not required for your child to be able to get into kindergarten; therefore, it is entirely up to the parent whether the child goes to preschool or not.
The Advantages of Preschool
First, you will want to take a look at the advantages of children going to preschool. One of the biggest advantages is the fact that your child will have the chance to get an idea of what a classroom setting is like before they actually start elementary school. They will also get a chance to learn some of the basic concepts including shapes, colors, letters, numbers, and even start with the basics of reading. While there are some great academic concepts that are taught, one of the most important things that they will learn is how to interact with other children their age. Many children that do not go to preschool never have this opportunity until they start kindergarten, and it can sometimes be a challenge for them to adapt.
The Disadvantages of Preschool
You will also want to consider the downfalls of sending your children to preschool. One of the biggest things that people run into is the fact that it costs extra money. Some people barely have what it takes to make ends meet with the bills they currently have, and they do not have the opportunity to spend any more on a preschool program for their children. Another common disadvantage is the fact that your children have a tendency to get sick more often. This comes along with any school, so this really is no different than when they start elementary school.
Making the Right Choice
Once you take the time to weigh the pros and cons, you will want to make your decision. If you can afford it, then you will probably want to go ahead and put your child into a preschool program. There are even some great programs across the nation that will allow your child to go to preschool at no cost. You usually have to meet certain income requirements, but it may be a great way to get your child on the right track and help prepare them for school.
Once you know that you are ready to send your child to preschool you will want to focus on finding a great program. Talk to the different preschools in your area and see if there is one that offers a well balanced curriculum. Make several visits to different preschools in your area before choosing one for your child. Meet the staff and get a good feel of the school in its entirety.
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