In my opinion, preschool isn't a yes or no question...its a must.
As a parent you can teach your child all the book smarts they would learn in a preschool. Sure you might need to buy supplies and make a written plan to cover all your topics (so basically be a total type A), but a parent could definitely teach a kid their colors and ABCs.
It is a fact in Child Development that socialization facilitates learning. Now something a parent cannot do with their kids at home is provide comparable social benefits of preschool. I am that type A mom when it comes to socializing my kids. We go to group play dates with kids the same age, we go to group play dates with a kids of ranging ages, we go to one on one play dates, we go to art classes, kids gym classes etc.
None of these can truly offer what iVillage describes as "learning to live in a classroom; they learn to follow a routine, and to get along with people who aren't their relatives". Kids need to learn to listen to authority figures beyond family and friends (isn't that what we do most of our lives in school and work). I truly believe preschool is a necessity for emotional, personal and social development.
Beyond the pure social benefits, preschool provides large language benefits. Mommy is usually the translator for the rest of the world when a young child is talking. Without mommy at their side, students are forced to work on their pronunciation.
I could go on and on about the benefits, but these are my personal main selling points.
I do however have what I will call a "stress benefit clause". If you start your kid in preschool and they just scream and cry the whole time even after a few weeks, the harm from the stress it is causing is outweighing any good. They aren't ready so don't force them!
I also have a strong opinion on one verse two years and how to pick a good preschool, but we'll save that for another day!
About this blog
If you're looking for me to brag about how cute my kids are (which they are) or talk about how much weight I did or didn't lose this week, you are in the wrong place! I have a Facebook account for that. This blog is about the blunt truths of parenting, tips and tricks of the trade, some addicting mommy junk and all the other disgusting hilarity that ensues when you have kids...especially two kids only 12 months apart like myself.