DD will be 4 in September but she has a full two more years at home with me (she misses the kindergarten cut-off by 10 days). Everyone her age is either in preschool already or will be starting in the fall. I'm really torn about this. I don't feel that 2 years of preschool is necessary for her or most kids. Academically, I think she can learn everything she needs to learn here. She is involved in gymnastics and she is asking to take swimming lessons. If she goes to preschool in the fall, I'm not sure she would be able to do those things (for both financial and time reasons). Also, I'm not ready for her to have a whole lot of outside influence on her-peers, other adults etc. I get that this is going to happen eventually but I'm not sure it needs to happen now.
On the other hand, socially, I do think she needs some preschool before kindergarten. I think she'll need the practice of being away from home before kindergarten (especially since it is full day here). I think she'll need practice working with other kids, making friends,
etc. I'm just not sure that she needs 2 years of this.
Any thoughts? Am I the only one who doesn't think 2 years is necessary? Am I way off base?
The only other question/thought I have is that my DD is a hitter-will preschool help with that? If so, I'd be way more willing to send her in the fall, as this is an issue we've been working on for over a year and still not getting anywhere.