N.M. asks from Travelers Rest, SC on May 14, 2010
My daughter is 4 years old I missed the pre regestration deadline for the 4k class of 2010-2011. My question is will she be behined the other kids who do go to 4k this year.?What all deos she need to know before she geos to 5k? She is smart and not shy. She is my only child and I want to spend as much time with her as I can before she has to go to school for 5k. But I dont want her to be behind the other kids. Should I try to get her in if there is a spot avalible or will she be okay and on the same level as the other kids in 5k next year. I am very confused on what to do.I dont want her to be behind and feel not as smart as the other kids. Please help I dont know what to do? N. in South Carolina
M.M. answers from Hickory on May 14, 2010
Nicoel sometimes 4k and pre-k are not what you think. Must do not teach the children like you think. I start kinder she needs to know all the ABC's and say them clearly. Remember to work on M,N,O,P so they come out right. Most parents teach their child the cute song and that part is missed in it. Counting 1-20 higher if she can is key. When you are ready start reading little words, and writing. If you need help and ideas write me. I am a pre-k teacher/ home school my kids they start 2nd and 5th grade next year, and I am working on my kinder-3rd grade teaching degree.
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D.W. answers from Gainesville on May 14, 2010
I would certainly try to get her in but if you can't then maybe look into getting a home school program for pre-k.
My son's pre-k has focused on letters, sounds, writing, numbers, beginning math, art, they get a library book every week, etc. If you work with her everyday like she were in school that will make a huge difference. If you don't then yes, she will have a harder time trying to catch up. Not to say that she will be the only one who didn't go to pre-k but I'd rather not have that be the case if it were my child.
K.H. answers from Naples on May 14, 2010
I'm an elementary teacher. You should try to get her enrolled in some type of preschool. It gets her used to following directions, leaving mom, and learning skills that prepare her for kindergarten. My daughter is 1 and I am currently taking time off to stay at home with her but I will enroll her in a 2 day a week preschool when she turn 3 and then a full time VPK program when she turns 4. You will be amazed at how much they learn and thrive off of being in a school setting. Hope that helps
S.F. answers from Madison on May 14, 2010
Has she been in a classroom setting yet? You can certainly work at home on the skills she will need to have before starting 5K, but it would be beneficial to have her attend either 4K or preschool to get used to the school day. I don't know if your 4K is full-day/M-F or 1/2 day/some days? The 4K program at the school my daughter will go to is full-day/M-F. I wasn't interested in having her go full-time yet, so we are doing a preschool program that meets 2 full days a week instead.
You could enroll her in a part-day preschool, 2 or 3 times a week to help her get used to being in a classroom as well as to work on things she should know before 5K. That way you will still have plenty of time with her.
Things to know...
-identifying colors and shapes
-how to use a scissors
-recognizing letters and numbers
-work on writing letters, spelling her first name
R.P. answers from Salt Lake City on May 14, 2010
None of my children went to any kind of preschool and they were fine. My daughter is in the accelerated program. I really don't think she'll have much of an issue "catching up" because I really don't think she is behind. Talk to the school and find out what she need to know before she goes into 5K and you can help her if she needs it.
G.R. answers from Dallas on May 14, 2010
try to call the school maybe she stil can go to the school if not she will be little behind but you can teach her in your home.