I’ve been blessed enough to have my Mother in Law care for both of my children before they became school aged. By the age of two, I felt that I would be doing my children a huge disservice if I didn’t enroll them in some kind of Pre-K program before they entered the public school system. I believe that there are definitely benefits of an early pre-k program for toddlers.
I know that many mothers choose to stay home with their chilren up until they are in school, and that’s perfectly fine.
However, as an educator, I’ve seen how difficult the transition can be for children who have had no prior experience socializing with other children their age.
Many of them suffer from extreme seperation anxiety, and this makes it difficult for mom and child.
Here are a few reasons why I’m an advocate for early Pre-K programs for toddlers:
My oldest is 6 and in the first grade, but currently reads at the end of a third grade reading level. My mother in law is a retired kindergarten teacher, but I think I can attribute some of this to her PreK program. Every week I received a newsletter that shared what they were working on. She learned colors, shapes, Bible lessons and so much more!
When she attended a public, all day PreK at 4, she was ready. Sure, we still shed a few tears, but academically, she was leaps and bounds ahead of many her classmates.
Adhering to a School Schedule
Going to school can be a major adjustment for little ones. All of the sights, sounds and routines can be scary–especially if your child is attending an all day Pre-K.
Sending your child to an early Pre-K program helps them ease into a full school day.
This is the one thing that kids enjoy about school. They enjoy making friends and playing with them. Learning how to make friends does not happen overnight.
Young children, even shy children, make friends easily in a Pre-K setting. Most classes are set up with small tables, and the children learn how to eat, do crafts & play together.
Gives Mom a Break
Both of my daughters attended the same church Prek program. The program was only half a day, but it gave my mother in law a chance to run errands or sleep in before keeping them the rest of the day until I got off work.
For years I commuted 80 miles to work in another nearby county. Because the girls were on a different schedule than I was, when I had a break from school (like spring break), I got a chance to have some quiet time before enjoying the rest of the day with my children. Win-win!
My three year old loves carrying her own Skip Hop backpack and water bottle. She takes pride in carrying her own supplies to school! She loves animals, especially leopards, so when I found this backpack, it was a win. It has so many great feature like a mesh side pocket that adjusts to fit a juice box, sippy cup or water bottle. The front pouch is ideal for snacks and includes extra pockets for pencils and other travel necessities. Comfy padded straps go easy on little shoulders! She makes sure that I have packed a snack and put water in her bottle.
Just last week, she spilled milk in her lunch bag, and she immediately told me when I got home. I can’t believe how my toddler is evolving!
The decision to send your child to school before school age can be a difficult one for parents. Considering all of the positive aspects of early Pre-K programs can make the decision a little easier.