Preschool or Not?

Are you in a dilemma as to whether you should send your child to preschool or not? Ultimately it comes down to your personal preference and there is, in my opinion, no right or wrong for there are benefits to both.

Preschool is vital for many children not primarily because it provides academic preparation for elementary school, but because it provides a nurturing environment where they can play while their parents are working.

Below are some concepts in the preschool curriculum that your child will be exposed to if you decide to send them.

  • Calendar, including the seasons, days of the week, and months of the year
  • Colouring
  • Colours
  • Cooperation
  • Cutting
  • Drawing and painting
  • Gluing
  • Hygiene
  • Letters
  • Listening
  • Nature
  • Numbers
  • Physical activity like running, jumping, skipping, hopping on one foot, and using playground equipment and balls
  • Shapes
  • Sharing
  • Sorting objects
  • Taking turns
  • Transitioning from one activity to another
  • Weather
  • Writing letters and numbers

If you are a parent who does not have to work and has the luxury of spending more time with your toddler, you may opt out of sending your child to preschool. As it’s not compulsory schooling there are some pros of keeping your child at home things and not send them to preschool.

  • Preschool can be expensive.
  • Skipping preschool can give your family more flexibility.
  • Children may get more attention at home.
  • Not every child is ready to learn at a young age.
  • You get to spend those valuable early years with your child.
  • You can teach all of the above at home.

One thing that preschool allows for is interacting with a variety of personalities strengthening children’s social skills at a young age and learning boundaries. School is a micro-society and preschool undeniably preps them for it. Having said that, it does not mean to say that deciding not to send your child to preschool is a bad idea. Do what’s best for you and your situation.

Whatever it may be, I’m sure you’ll make the best decision for you and your little one. ❤

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Till next time…

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