DD is 3, will turn 4 in September and at that point, will still have 2 full years at home with me before she will start kindergarten. My question is "Do I send her to pre-school this coming Sept or do I wait an extra year?" Our regular playgroup is slowly desolving as the parents are starting to send their little ones to pre-school. I am really the only one who isn't positive that 2 years of pre-school is necessary. I will definitely send her for one so that kindergarten doesn't completely overwhelm her (its a full day in our town). I'm just wondering what people think about this, especially others who have children that miss the kindergarten cut-off date by just days.
Here are my thoughts:
DD loves being with other kids and I think it will be hard to find other kids her age to play with regularly next year because it seems like all 4 year olds get sent to pre-school.
Every parent I meet who sends their child to school says their child loves it and has really thrived there. I feel this would be the case for DD too.
On the other hand, I feel like DD will only be little once and once she's in school-that's it. It's school for many years and then work! Also, if she is in pre-school, I don't think she would be able to do anything else (like the weekly gymnastics class she takes now or the swim lessons that she is begging me to sign her up for).
If it matters, I am a mostly SAHM (I work between 4-8 hours a week).
Looking forward to hearing other parent's thoughts about this topic!