Should preschool emphasize socialization, or academics?

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Developmentally, some children in pre-school may be ready for academics, while others are not. It is important to allow children to learn how to socialize at this age; skills that cannot be measured via test scores.Too much pressure to learn and succeed academically, before a child is ready, may undermine the foundation necessary to build the love of learning. Parents are the most important teachers a child can have. The observations that they make while watching their parents have a lifelong impact. That said, children spend a great deal of time learning from others as parents work long hours. Tutors can help children develop a sense of self, curiosity, confidence, and so much more. Finding the right tutor for not only academics, but also enrichment activities is critical. NextGuru.com provides a free resource for parents to find tutors that provide new learning opportunities for pre-schoolers.

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I am not a teacher yet. I am studying now to become a licensed teacher. However, I am a parent of 3--ages now 21, 18 and 3 1/2 which still qualifies me to be a teacher. I think that it very important for children to socialize. Academically, while children are learning, they can socialize. I feel that mixing the two will result in an overwhelming positive outcome.

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There was a time when kids

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There was a time when kids stayed with their parents and did well, however because of the times most kids are not able to stay with their mothers because they have to work. Pre-k can and should be a great experience. It needs to have a balance between socialization and academics. However with the laws that keep being passed there is more pressure on kids to learn these things at an early age. It would be nice not to worry about knowing every letter before you are five, however because what children are expected to do in kindergarten this is not feasible. Children must be exposed to academics whether they do in a school setting or at home. There can be a balance at school as well. The teacher can do a lot to bring socialization into the class and many early childhood teachers do(not all).
There is not one best way for all children, and to think so is close-minded.

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Personally, I have elected

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Personally, I have elected not to send my 4 year old to the all-day preschool (8:30-3:30). What we do at home together has a balance of moral/character development, academia, and play. Every saturday she goes to a local religious class. She loves to go because she enjoys the social aspect of it as well as being in "school" (although she enjoys homeschool too). I think this has provided a nice balance for her. However, even at this saturday school the emphasis is 90% on academia. I would find this disturbing (personally) if my child attended a school like this Monday through Friday. The kids looked so drained (some sleeping on desks) when I come to pick her up. Most of them probably attend the secular preschool during the week and I don't know how they are not sleep-walking on saturday.

One thing that shocks me is the competition that exists between parents with regards to their children's grades and performance starting at this young age? (My son is doing spelling tests already, is your child? Is your child reading yet?). I have yet to hear any parent even mention moral or character development or expression or getting in touch with nature or anything like this. It's like it just vanished from life's map. We will see the effects of it in the future.

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I am a pre-k teacher, who

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I am a pre-k teacher, who happens to also be a licensed elementary teacher. I LOVE teaching pre-k. I don't know that I would send a 4 yr old to an all day program.It could cause burnout in later grades.If you can keep them at home with you... Do it! This time is so short, they can learn so much from watching and being with mom. there are some really fun home kits if you want more. Brighter Visions learning has a fun Packet that comes 1x a month.

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I am a pre-k teacher, who

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I am a pre-k teacher, who happens to also be a licensed elementary teacher. I LOVE teaching pre-k. I am in total agreement with you. I try very hard to get in a good mix of active/ hands-on work with quiet "reading" times mixed in. Some children need the extra time to learn when to be still and listen.

Best age for starting preschool

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Darned if you do, darned if you don't. is transition from 2 half days to 5 (6 hr days) days too much for a child who will just turn 4 this oct.

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Preschool education and age of the child

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Thanks for sharing. My daughter is in a 2 day/week half day program. Next sep
we were thinking of sending her to a catholic school m-fri 8 am to 2pm. Her birthday is oct 8 (she turns 4). The only catholic school that would take her because she just misses the cut off
Is that too much or would it be beneficial

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Special Needs Preschool teacher

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I am a special needs preschool teacher. I educate my students using a floor time methodology. I utilize both academics and socialization in my lesson plans. I don't necessarily teach at a table and chairs. I engage my students on their level and with the toys that they have chosen. If they pick up a yellow car, we talk about the noises that the car makes, it's color how many stripes or wheels and any other information I can think of. I can talk about that one car and make our conversation completely relevant. It's a matter of thinking outside of the box and getting away from workbooks and teacher testing materials.

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Kids aren't meant to sit and listen all day

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I agree with you completely. I teach first grade and we are expected to teach Language Arts for 2 1/2 hours a day. I find many days we stop and take a break to sing or move around somehow. Kids are not meant to sit and listen all day.

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