In preschool for children younger than 5, I basically fill the day with what they could be doing if they could be at home with mama: kneading bread, stirring up muffins, cooking soup, washing up; painting with watercolors, using crayons, playdough; seasonal festivals, stories and singing; sandbox & swings & running. Of course, we do not do TV or other electronic sensory overloads, and unfortunately we canâ€™t do the wonderful things like long walks or going to the produce market or seeing friends and relatives. â€¦ Kids who stay home and have fun helping mom are more secure/confident and independent, stronger souls for the extra love and attention. Don't believe the propaganda that children OUGHT to be in some program, that THAT is how they learn to play with others. No, they learn confidence and how to interact from YOUR example far better than from a preschool group. The preschool children are still naturally self-centered, just like your healthy 3 or 4 yr old should be.
at 5:40 PM on Jul. 2, 2008