I NEED SOME HELP PLEASE!

As most of you know Joshua, my 4 year old, is a very active boy. James and I have been debating putting him in preschool. We think that maybe it would help him get some of that energy out (which he usually takes out on the girls in a not so nice way), teach him things he will need to know for Kindergarten, and get him ready for school. I'm still not sure how I feel about preschool. I never went to one but my husband James did. And he is the smart one in the family. I wanted to know what everyone thought and recommended. Also those of you who live in Bakersfield is there any preschools that you recommend or have heard good things about. I need help I don't know what to do!

6 comments:

Amy & Brandon said...

I use to be a preschool teacher for the 4 year olds at KinderCare before we moved to Woodland. I would highly recommend a half-day program for Joshua. It not only promotes academic growth but it also teaches the children appropriate social interactions in different settings (arts/crafts, reading time, group discussions, outdoor play, etc.) KinderCare is nationwide, although can be pricy (approx. $220/week for all-day everyday students because it's a daycare as well). Make sure you ask the preschools about their curriculum and their morning/afternoon schedules. Most will also allow you to enroll him in only 2 or 3 days a week if you don't prefer 5 days. Most of the time they have routines and you might prefer the morning to the afternoon (as they might do more arts/crafts in the morning and more free-play in the afternoon, etc.) You also have other options if you feel his need is more social than academic. For example, a once or twice a week gymnastics or tumbling class, etc. This will help him learn how to interact with others while also following directions. Just remember, you have lots of options not just preschool! I hope that helps!

The Morris Fam said...

Justin goes 9-1 every Thursday...He asks every day if it is Thursday! Should I take that personally??? Needless to say, he loves it.

Kathryn said...

I say go for it. A couple days a week could give him what he needs as far as interaction with kids his age. Plus, it gives him something special that he gets to do on his own.

mandy said...

I had Kainoa and Keawe both in preschool up in Salt Lake before we moved here, they loved it and so did I. I was able to relax for 3 hours each day while my baby Makaio took his nap and they went to preschool. They learned how to play with others and handle themselves, plus you get great ideas for things. If you opt not to, I got this book "Getting Ready for Kindergarten" By Jane Carole. That is what I do now, cause all the schools down here have a 5 month waiting list! But that helps too. My boys like to do the books and I have a jar that I put little beans in for doing a good job on the books per day, when it is full, we go on a special outing and get a sitter for Makaio so they know that it is special for them...
ok so there is my novel of an answer!
Great to see you and your family!

Amber Waite said...

I say go for it too. I've been slowly looking into that kind of thing for Evelyn. I don't know if I told you about the one I wanted to look into. It's... what's the name... let me look it up... it's called MY GYM. I'm not sure about the price. That's the one thing I've been worried about. Although, I have a feeling the there is a government program for this sort of thing. I think I may have found something called CCCC where they pay for all or at least a part of it. A couple of weeks ago I overheard a friend of mine talking to someone else about a free preschool that she started to take her kids too. She said the only reason she quit was because it was too far away. I'll ask her about it. But I'm sure there something you could get him into that relatively cheap. Let me know if you find something and what ages because it would be fun to put the girls in a class together too. Also, as if my answer wasn't long enough, I think they have a lady that sings and reads books to the kids at the library. I've been thinking about doing that with Evelyn too.

Amber Waite said...

On second thought, maybe you should just lock him in a room by himself for a few hours. That'll straighten him out. JK. Love ya.