Post # 1
It seems like it is becoming more and more common for parents to send their kids to preschool. I didn’t attend preschool, but my husband did.
Did you attend preschool? Are you planning to send your kids?
(For non-U.S. bees, I’m not sure if preschool always goes by the same title. In the U.S., we typically start elementary school at age 5. Preschool usually only meets a few days a week, and the duration is usually shorter than a typical school day. Most kids seem to start preschool around age 3, but it varies).
Post # 3
I did, and my husband did. I will send our children to preschool.
Post # 4
Yup. I went. I don’t know when I started, but I was maybe 2. My mom was a preschool teacher, so I went to the preschool she worked at.
I don’t know if FH went, but I’ll definitely be sending our kids, at least 2-3 days a week.
Post # 5
Neither FI nor I attended preschool.
Post # 6
My town thinks this important enough that we offer universal pre-K to four year olds. These days kindergarten is like first grade used to be, so everything gets pushed back. Most people around here send kids to preschool by 2 1/2 or 3. They have to be potty trained, though.
I attended as a kid, too.
Post # 7
I went to preschool when I was 4 (and daycare before that). I’ll definitely send my kids. I think it’s important that children learn to be part of a group, follow directions, procedures, share, etc. That social aspect of school is as important as the academic part, so I want my children prepared.
Post # 8
Just based on the first few handfuls of votes, I see I was definitely in the minority!
I realized that this year as a few friends were searching for local preschools. It seemed like the majority of my friends are sending their kids to preschool (actually, nearly all of them are!).
Post # 9
I didn’t attend pre-school. It wasn’t an affordable option for my single parent dad, they didn’t have subsidized pre-school then. I was watched by babysitters.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
Does Sesame Street count?
I knew my alphabets before going to kindergarten back in the 80s. My favourite was the Count. I was sad when he disappeared.
ETA: In Brunei, kids go to kindergarten at the age of 3. Some classmates went to pre-school, but not I.
Post # 11
I went to preschool, but my FI didn’t. Sometimes when he’s annoying me or won’t share I tell him its because he never went to preschool, its actually become a running joke between us.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I don’t remember exactly, but I was in daycare from age 1 through 10 years old. I’m pretty sure we had some form of learning time during the day when I was ~3 until I started Kindergarten, because I remember learning my alphabet, counting, and how to spell/write my name before it.
Post # 13
I went to preschool for a year. I will send my kids as well. The academic expectations are so high now for kindergarten. I work with kids. It takes me all of about 5 minutes of observing in the kinder classes to determine which students didn’t attend preschool. Not going for at least one year can really set kids back. Gone are the days of finger painting and nap time in half day kindergarten. CA standards require kinder students to be able to read basic site words, understand basic number sense/concepts, and be able to print simple words. It’s crazy how much they have to know. Kindergarten is full day in all the local districts here. Some of my kinder students were 4 years old for a good portion of the year. Compared to the older, almost 6 year olds, they looked and acted like toddlers.
Post # 14
@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina: I agree with this. We only had half day kindergarten when I attended elementary school. The standards/expectations are much greater but at the same time, I think some parents (particularly at-home) can get their children to the necessary standards without sending them to pre-school. I argue that pre-school is better for socialization than anything.
Post # 15
my husband went to pre-school and i didn’t. not sure if we’ll send our kids to preschool. i don’t think it’s really necessary depending on the type of home environment the child has.
Post # 16
@beekiss: Wow, cost isn’t even an issue here in Australia. Pre-school at age 4 is basically free. Pretty well everyone sends their kids to pre-school – I went, as did my kids. Socialising, learning and free childcare, there’s really no downside to it.