I haven’t written a post about my opinion on super high pressure kindergartens and preschools. Probably because my son is now past kindergarten age, but hey, why should I let that stop me?
Since I’ve been working with Goddard Child Development Center recently (they sponsored me for the Blogher conference and I’m now judging an Eco Toy Contest for them) I’ve been thinking about early childhood education again.
So when I read this article in The Boston Globe, Pressure Cooker Kindergartner, I managed to get all riled up again. I’m a firm believer children learning to read and write and do math…when they are ready.
That’s why the best preschools, in my opinion, are those that offer the opportunity, but don’t push. Great preschools gather the children on the floor for storytime- every child needs lots and lots of storytime! Great preschools engage the children in physical activities and do lots of art and developmental play.Great preschools introduce the ABCs as the children gather around the rug but teachers don’t stress if a number of children are just there for the fun pictures and cute songs.
I think though great preschools also offer reading and writing and even math with manipulative for those kids who want them. My son’s school was one like that. Many of his classmates loved to go to the writing table and write their names (He preferred riding on the bikes.) Several of the children were happy to sit and do basic addition with manipulatives and yet others picked out words in books – all good. But for those who were not interested…there were lots of developmentally appropriate toys – toys that build prereading skills and teach pre-math skills.
Schools that offer foreign language – very easy to learn at the preschool and kindergarten level and great hands on activities are even better. So, this article about kindergartners being made to sit at desks and take tests…well just makes me mad!
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