We are trying to decide if one year of preschool is enough prep for kindergarten or if two years is necessary? I am a SAHM and our days consist of reading, playing, crafts, learning, exploring life and having fun as well as focusing on manners and listening skills. We attend a playgroup and plan to do an art or sports class. The local preschool is a co-op that focuses on crafts, playtime and circle time with very little focus on academics until the year before kindergarten. We are struggling with enjoying one more year at home with our child versus the benefit of an additional year of preschool? Thank you!
Our daughter attended a play-based co-op preschool for only one year (the year right before kindergarten), and she did very well academically in kindergarten. She also continues to do well in first grade, both in her studies and in socializing with other kids. For her, one year of preschool was enough.
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Contact the school that you are planning for your child to attend, they should be able to provide you with a list of expectations for students entering kindergarten. My sister taught kindergarten 3 years, before moving on to first then second grade, she said children enter will all types of abilities, but are most successful when they are socially mature and excited about learning. Many schools have entrance exams that allow the curriculum director to place students in integrated classrooms, meaning not all the students that are advanced are in one classroom. Children learn from one another more quickly than we give them credit for doing. (sometimes that is not a positive thing, my son learned not all kids had to say please and thank you) Good luck