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I do not think preschool is necessary, but I do believe that attending a good preschool is an enriching experience.
My DD goes to a wonderful preschool and the focus there is entirely on social skills, and all learning is thorugh hands-on activities such as cooking, planting, art, etc. It is a warm, nurturing, repsectful environment and DD loves it there. Being in groups of children her age is so important to her happiness these days - she is an extrovert by nature and makes friends quite easily. At the same time, she is learning how to deal with all different types of personalities in positive ways. I'm really pleased with the social and emotional growth I've seen since she has begun attending there.
Because I am planning on sending her to public school, these skills are important ones. I'm not saying that children who did not go to preschool have not learned social skills from their parents and other interactions, but there are certain things that are unique to the school environment, KWIM? Kindergarten should be the place to teach these things, but with all this reading and writing and math being pushed on kids at an early age, teachers don't have a lot of time to focus on the things that are usually the main focus of each day in preschool. This is an unfortunate fact, but a fact nonetheless.
JMHO, hope it's helpful!