Dear all My son is now 3 yrs and 9 months. He has been attending something like a pre-school for the past 2 mnths,although they don't teach him much there.He spends about 2 1/2 hrs there.My idea of sending him to this school was only to help him to mingle more with kids of his age and to understand English. My hubby and myself want to now send him to a proper school.I've heard that here in the U.S,schooling starts only at age 5 and that schooling starts with kindergarten. There is no concept of a pre-school and most pre-schools are attached to daycare.Which means that typically in a preschool classroom,you will have kids aged between 3 and 5 yrs old.Some kids will spend time from 6 am to 6 pm there(if the parents are working) whereas some will be there only for 2 -3 hrs a day. In India,the system is more clear.A child goes to preschool at 2 1/2 for half a day,and then LKG and UKG at 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 and so on and the school timings are fixed and same for all children. Here because of the system,we are a bit confused. Some schools start kindergarten at 4yrs and some at 5 yrs.We just don't know what to do.Should we wait till he is 4 yrs( that is November) to put him in a proper school and should we straight away start with kindergarten.And is it a must that the child should know all numbers,alphabets etc before going to school itself? What are your views on this?