I have a 3 year who has never been to day care or a preschool. I take him lots of places and he goes to homeschool meetups . I am noticing a big push from the outside world saying at 3 he needs to be away from home in a preschool to be socialized.
Seriously? That's silly. It sounds to me like they are trying to make themselves feel supperior because of the choices they made in their lives to put their 3 yos into preschool. Not just that they made diferent choices and both choices are okay, they have to have made the better choice. No, 3yos can learn all of the social skills they need from the way their mommy deals with other people at the supermarket, bank, mall, church, wherever.
I've heard it from the speech therapist and his gymnastics coach. He doesn't like strangers touching him so he hated having the coach position him to tumble. The speech therapist is not the one who is going to be his regular one. She works with my older son and is supportive of hsing.
IMO, no. My DD just turned 4 and she's finally at a stage where she will actually play with other kids. Up until now, it's been side by side play. I take my kids to music class once a week and they really are just not interested in other kids and honestly, they just get frustrated with other kids.
We do attend a few bday parties here and there and do a few get togethers but up until recently it just didn't matter.
I want my kids raised by me....not other kids. It seems like all they would do is pick up bad habits if they were around other kids all the time. Not to mention getting sick.
Knock on wood, neither of my kids have ever taken an antibiotic...they're 4 and 21 months.
Yes, just not from a school setting. Take him to new places and new experiences. Once he is ready classes are a great add in. I started my boys going to the gym with me. They loved going and my friend was surprised they didn't have detachment issues. They knew I was coming back. I don't know where people get the idea that child development only works away from mom. I think the idea comes from the push to leave kids at younger and younger ages. It is good for Them so that is how they justify it.
I worked day care for many years. I know that's different from a preschool environment, but I would not put my child in a preschool or daycare. Turnover rates are quite high, the ratios are not necessarily what I would want, and the idea of socialization by being in the same environment with the same (but not your) kids constantly is a bit of a fallacy. If they mean they should be able to handle outside classes and some separation from you, that's hard for a lot of kids into middle elementary. It's easy for others. That's not something the preschool situation is going to change. Why stress your child just so another adult is satisfied?