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 COMMENT 764521 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 08:50 AM

Prepare for kindergarten??? Isn't being alive and healthy enough? Or do we now have to test them to see if they are up to snuff for the rigors of 4 hours of playing with blocks, listening to storybooks and socializing. Oh my how things have changed.

 

 COMMENT 764532 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 09:41 AM

This is a wonderful program. If society spent more time and energy on 0-5 year olds, we wouldn't need to spend on jails. Most brain and moral development happen in these years!

 

 COMMENT 764533 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 09:48 AM

521, you are either not a parent or you were one a very long time ago, and do not remember those first years. These are the years when they do the most learning and developing, and their ideas about themselves and the world are formed. Little ones who are active and learning at this age have a leg up for the remainder of their school years.

I know a couple of kids who attended "outdoor" preschools for 2-3 yrs prior to kindergarten. These "schools" were sure a lot of fun (lots of tree climbing, free art/free play, petting goats etc) but provided zero academics. When these kids entered kindergarten, they weren't familiar with structure and didn't even know their ABCs. As a result, they struggled a great deal, and unfortunately continue to.

 

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