Re: Preschool for 4 year old

    I have taught both preK and Kindergarten for many years.
    Kindergarten is now what first grade used to be with all or nearly
    all of the day spent in academics. Assuming both preschools are
    high quality I would choose the play-based program.

    He is only 4 and has many,many years of academics ahead but
    little time for socialization and discovery. I good play based
    program will offer plenty of opportunities for learning and
    discovery along with socialization.

    Check with the kindergarten teachers in your district for what
    skills they expect when the child enters K, make sure that he has
    those skills, and he will be fine.

    On 8/19/16, SuperTeacher wrote:
    > On 8/18/16, Nicole wrote:
    >> I am struggling with the choice of an academic preschool
    >> where my son is currently enrolled which has Spanish,
    >> science, math/computer, fun and fitness, and English
    >> lessons (with specialized teachers) vs a play based
    >> curriculum. Which is better or does it even matter? My
    >> son is extremely bright but I worry that it's a bit much
    > for
    >> his age. He will be ready for first grade before he's 5.
    >> Thoughts???
    > I think it depends on your values, as well as your child.
    > My daughter is 3 and a half. She is very bright,
    > academically. She can count, knows her letters and sounds,
    > loves to read. I'm not worried about academics.
    > However, my daughter DOES need help socially. When she's
    > with other kids, she plays alone. She usually won't talk to
    > adults besides her parents. She is in a toddler soccer
    > league and acts like she's afraid of the coach (who is super
    > nice)!
    > For my daughter, a play-based preschool is the best choice.
    > She needs to learn the social skills!
    > Also remember - you don't need to pick a super-insense
    > academic or a strictly-play-based preschool. Many schools
    > offer a nice balance of both.
    > Think carefully about your son, and what he needs. Then your
    > decision will be easy.
    > I wish your son much success as he enters his school years!
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