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I'm still struggling with how many days to send DD

to preschool.

The cost to send her 5 days vs 3 is minimal, and it's a 3 hour program. Part of me says she'll be in school 5 days a week for the rest of her life, but the other part of me thinks that maybe it will be a good prep for her to transition to full day K in the fall of next year.

She just turned 4.

WWYD? 

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Re: I'm still struggling with how many days to send DD

  • DD has been going 3 days a week, and I think it is more than enough.  Honestly, at this point in the year, I am sick of driving to town 3 days a week, so I am dreading 5 day Kindergarten.  I live in the country, so it is an hour in the car a day to get her to and from preschool.  If it were a shorter drive, I would think about 5 day, but still like that we get 4 day weekends (she goes Tues-Thurs), and "sleep in days".
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  • At our school the 4 year olds go three times a week.  I think that's plenty. 
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  • I don't really have advice for you but our plan for DS until he goes to kinde is

    2 days/week at 3 yrs

    3 days/week at 4 yrs

    5 days/week at 5 years

    Kinde the following year.  He has an October bday.

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  • I would do 3 days a week  - just so you have less days to drive to school, etc - and its easier for you to plan other things you want to do -before he HAS to be in school.

    Griffin goes 3 days a week and sometimes i wish it was 4 for him - I'm also really glad i have him home with me those 2 days all day.... he's got the rest of his life to be in school all day.

    kids don't really need to be prepped for full day K or 1st - they manage just fine - i used to teach K and the SAH kids did just fine after a couple weeks.

  • imagesourapplemartini:

     Part of me says she'll be in school 5 days a week for the rest of her life

    This.

    As a Mom of a 16 yr old I can assure you that they DO have the rest of their lives to have the full time job of school.

    I totally see the value of a structured pre-school but I also think that at this age there's so much learning that comes just from being out and about living life with you.

    We did only 2 days a week for only 1 year and he starts 5 half days a week kinder next fall.  I believe he'll do just fine as he's learning all about the structure of school with just those 2 days a week.

    My vote is 3 days. 

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  • Our DD goes 3 days a week.  But she'll go for a full day Monday&Friday and only for a few hours on Wednesday.. She loves it and I do too.. I think it's perfect break from eachother, I get all my stuff done and she gets to play with all her friends..  Next year I want to get her in to 5 days a week but she'd only be going for half a day.

    I really think it's up to you, how long you want your dd to go. I think 3 is good to start at and see how she does and push up to 5 later on..

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