My daughter started preschool a year ago; now she's in Pre-K. She goes two days a week and really enjoys her class activities. But I'm wondering about the trend of getting kids started earlier and earlier. When kindergarten came about, it was to prepare kids for the first grade. It was a half day a week, just sort of easing the kids into school and teaching them how to be students--share, cooperate, follow directions, the basics. Kindergarten isn't even mandatory in all states, but now there are year-long waiting lists to get kids into full-day kindergarten classes. And we have Pre-K programs at our preschools. And preschool is promoted to get kids ready for Pre-K, which will prepare them for kindergarten, which was meant to prepare them for first grade. The insinuation is that if your child doesn't have Pre-K, she'll not be on track for kindergarten, and if she doesn't do preschool, she won't measure up well in Pre-K. So when and why did everything get so competetive? When and why did we stop letting our kids be kids till they started school? What are we pushing them toward, and is it good for them in the long run?
Answer by frogdawg at 7:06 PM on Aug. 16, 2012
Answer by hibbingmom at 4:40 PM on Aug. 16, 2012
I've thought the same thing for the last couple of years. In some areas parents stress over applications for preschool and prek admissions, and will pay big bucks for the privilege of their kids being accepted. I think its crazy.
Answer by meooma at 4:34 PM on Aug. 16, 2012
Answer by DreainCO at 4:38 PM on Aug. 16, 2012
Answer by girlwithC at 12:19 AM on Aug. 17, 2012
Answer by girlwithC at 1:43 AM on Aug. 17, 2012
Answer by girlwithC at 2:19 AM on Aug. 17, 2012
Answer by frogdawg at 6:58 PM on Aug. 16, 2012