Milestone: Starting School
You might be wondering, “When should my child start going to school?”
This is a very personal question that will vary from one family to the next, and one child to the next. Here are some things to consider…
- If your child goes to church or is involved in sports, dance, or other extracurricular activities, then it is OK to wait. Your child is getting plenty of social interaction through these other activities.
- On the other hand, if your child is not involved with any extracurricular activities and you want him/her to meet new children and develop social skills, then you may want to send your child to preschool.
- At age two: If your child has separation anxiety and cannot be away from his/her family, then no, he/she does not need to go to preschool.
- At age three: If your child has separation anxiety and cannot be away from his/her family, then it would be a good time to try to send your child to school in order to overcome it.
- At age four, if your child has not started school yet, this is a good time to start. He/She will have a better chance of success in kindergarten if he/she is familiar with classroom procedures and has been able to gain basic academic preparation.