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Kindergarten - 10 Reasons to Send Your Child

Updated on June 26, 2011

There has always been much debate about kindergarten. Will my child be safe? What will she learn? How will he get along with others? Is the teacher qualified? Ten reasons to send a child to kindergarten are included here.

In some states kindergarten is mandatory and in others, voluntary. If it's not mandatory, there are a few things to consider. Above all, parents know their children best. Don't cave in to pressure to do what you do or don't feel is right for your child.

1. Separation from parents and siblings can be a good thing. While the family unit is the most important in a child's life, learning how to interact with others can help with a child's maturity and growth.

2. Children are able to associate with peers in their own age group by sharing, taking turns and listening to opinions other than their own. This is particularly true for "onlies," or children without siblings.

3. It is valuable for children to view another adult as an authority figure, as there will many of these relationships throughout their lives.

4. For a variety of reasons, there may not be a lot of mental stimulation at home. The parents may work a lot and have little or no time to work on skills like letter and number recognition, listening to stories read aloud, etc.

5. Kindergarten is an opportunity for a child to develop individuality and autonomy.

6. Kindergarten is fun! There are many experiences including learning and play.

7. One benefit for parents is time apart from the child. Developing and maintaining one's own interests apart from children is healthy and entertaining.

8. Learning so many things in kindergarten that may not be available at home like academics, art, music, individual and group games.

9. A child's friends may be attending. There is strength in numbers even if they're not in the same class. They have shared experiences.

10. The child may want to go.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, LauraGT! I agree.

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    LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

    Thanks for this hub. I'm not sure if it should be mandatory, but I really can't understand why anyone would want to hold their child back from kindergarten! You make excellent points, and I think that mental and social stimulation at this age is so important.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks for your comments, Tammy!

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    Tammy S. 6 years ago from Maryland

    Great hub! I'm not sure if kindergarten should be mandatory, because what works for one child may not work for another, but those are some good reasons on why children should go. :)

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    Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    You are so right, Kaye. Thanks for your insightful comments.

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    Kaye McCulloch 6 years ago from Australia

    My concern with mandatory kindergarten is that all kids are not ready for school at the same age, much less academics. In fact, European research suggests that children on mass do better if they don't start the academic side of school until they about 6 or 7. That doesn't mean there are no children who will teach themselves to read at age 3 or 4, just that most children will do better if left a little longer. Creative play based kindergartens are a different matter of course, but they are not the norm in the culture of "hot housing" children that has developed in recent decades.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, glassvisage. I appreciate your comments!

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    glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

    While I wouldn't say it should be mandatory, I think Kindergarten has many benefits. In fact, I've never known anyone who didn't go to Kindergarten (though I didn't go to preschool). You hit all the right points. Thanks!