right age for preschool

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friends i am new here. pls tell me what's the right age to join preschool for kids.

my daughter is now 2.5 years is this is right age or i have to wait for another 6 months.
 

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Welcome to Penmai Lema

Yes....this is the right age for your child to be joined in Pre - KG.

By 3 years,or 3.5 years, she should be L.K.G.

So, you can join her now itself in the school.
 

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Dear Lemasathish, even though your child has reached the age of 2 1/2 years, it does not mean that she is ready to go to pre school. Please don't be in a hurry. Please analyse her attentiveness. You are the best judge regarding your child's readyness to go to school. Because if she is not ready mentally to go to school at this early age don't force her. Because children are tend to play in this age.

Please read the following article which i read in babycentre.com which is pertinent here to be taken into consideration before deciding whether your child is ready to go to school or not:

Most preschools will start accepting children at around age 2 1/2, but that doesn't mean your child is magically ready for preschool when he reaches that age. Readiness for preschool has more to do with where your child is developmentally. Is he socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively ready to participate in a daily, structured, educational program with a group of other children?

Though it's tempting to look for a quick answer to this question, to read a list of skills for instance, and say, "Yes my child can do these things, he's ready," that method isn't foolproof. The best way to decide is to spend time thinking about your child and to talk to other people who know him well, such as your partner, your doctor, and your child's caregiver. The following questions provided by Patricia Henderson Shimm, associate director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development in New York and co-author ofParenting Your Toddler, will help you think about the most important factors for preschool readiness.

[h=3]Is your child fairly independent?[/h]Preschool requires children to have certain basic skills; most will want your child to be potty trained for instance. Your child should also be able to take care of some other basic needs, like washing his hands after painting, eating his lunch without assistance, and sleeping alone.


[h=3]Has he spent time away from you?[/h]If your child has been cared for by a babysitter or a relative he'll be better prepared to separate from you when he's at preschool. Kids who are used to being apart from their parents often bounce right into preschool with hardly a backward glance. If your child hasn't had many opportunities to be away from you, you might want to schedule some — a weekend with grandma, for instance, or a day with your sister and her kids. But even if you can't work out your seperation issues up front, don't worry too much; many children leave Mom or Dad for the first time to go to preschool and they do just fine. The trick is to help your child adjust in short doses. Many preschools will allow you to drop off your child for an hour or two during his first few days there; as he gets more used to his environment, you gradually work up to a full day.
[h=3]Can he work on projects on his own?

Preschool usually involves lots of arts and crafts
projects that require concentration and the ability to focus on an individual task. If your child likes to draw at home or gets engrossed in puzzles and other activities on his own, he's a good candidate for preschool. But even if he's the kind of child who asks for help with everything, you can start getting him ready by setting up play times where he can entertain himself for a half hour or so. While you wash the dishes, encourage him to make creatures out of clay, for example. Gradually build up to longer stretches of solo play. Your goal here is to keep yourself moderately preoccupied with an activity so that he'll get on with his own without too much hand-holding from you.[/h]
[h=3]Is he ready to participate in group activities?[/h]Many preschool activities, like "circle time," require that all the children in a class participate at the same time. These interactions give children a chance to play and learn together, but also require them to sit still, listen to stories, and sing songs. This can be very difficult for kids under 3 who are naturally active explorers and not always developmentally ready to play with other children. If your child isn't used to group activities, you can start introducing them yourself. Take him to story time at your local library, for instance, or sign him up for a class such as tumbling to help him get used to playing with other children.


[h=3]Is he used to keeping a regular schedule?[/h]Preschools usually follow a predictable routine: circle time, play time, snack, playground, then lunch. There's a good reason for this. Children tend to feel most comfortable and in control when the same things happen at the same time each day. So if your child doesn't keep to a schedule and each day is different from the last, it can help to standardize his days a bit before he starts preschool. Start by offering meals on a regular timetable. You could also plan to visit the park each afternoon or set — and stick to — a bed time ritual(bath, then books, and bed).


[h=3]Does he have the physical stamina for preschool?[/h]Whether it's a half-day or full-day program, preschool keeps kids busy. There are art projects to do, field trips to take, and playgrounds to explore. Does your child thrive on activities like this, or does he have trouble moving from one thing to the next without getting cranky? Another thing to consider is how and when your child needs to nap. Preschools usually schedule nap time after lunch. If your little one can keep going until then or even all day like a wind-up toy, he's set. If he still needs a mid-morning snooze, it might not be time yet to go to school. You can work toward building his stamina by making sure he gets a good night's sleep. If you have some flexibility in your schedule, you might also want to start him off in a half-day program to ease him into the hustle and bustle of preschool life, and gradually increase the length of his school day as he gets more comfortable.


[h=3]Why do you want to send him to preschool?[/h]Think carefully about what your goals are for sending your child to preschool. Do you just need time for yourself or daycare for your child? There may be other options if it seems he isn't ready yet for the rigors of school.

Are you worried that if you don't enroll him in preschool he won't be ready for kindergarten? Most experts agree that there are plenty of other ways for children to develop the skills necessary to be successful in kindergarten, including attending a good day care facility or spending quality time at home with you or another loving caregiver. A study by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development found that children do best if they're cared for by someone who is genuinely concerned about their well-being and development, and who makes sure they're doing a variety of age-appropriate activities. They needn't be enrolled in an organized preschool for that.

If you find that the main reasons you want to send your child to preschool are that he seems eager to learn new things and explore, he isn't getting enough stimulation at home or daycare, or he seems ready to broaden his social horizons and interact with other children, chances are it's the perfect time to start school.

for more details please visit : babycenter.com
 

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Hi,
What is the cut off age limit for a pre schools in USA?
Hi Ctha, As per the information I have collected from my relatives staying in US, the Government does not regulate early education and hence it will be the preschools to set age requirements and birth day cut offs.

One of my relatives stay in CA, in that state, kindergarden cut off is December.
As my relative's child was already 3 years old, she was advised to put the child in pre kindergarden and at the age of 4 the child was admitted to kindergarden.

Talk to the director of your school and they will advise you accordingly, because every school is different in their policy and procedures, rules and regulations.

You just let your child be little one more year before rushing them off to school.

Make sure that you make a tour and observe the class before enrolling your child in a particular school. good luck.
 

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