I've been thinking about this a lot lately. As of now, J is not signed up for preschool. I'm not really sure why. Part of me thinks she just doesn't need it. Academically she's right on target. She knows her ABC's, she can count to 20, she can even write a few letters. I'm not concerned about her 'being behind' when it comes times to register for kindergarten.
What I do think is important about preschool is the social aspect. Everyday lessons like sharing and paying attention are what most 3 year-olds really need. But more and more preschools are putting an intense focus on reading and writing. They are taking the fun out of being a kid. Gone are the days of dress up and fingerpaint.
Once upon a time, preschool was a place for kids to get used to being away from mommy, a chance for them to make friends and learn valuable life lessons like how to play nice and follow directions. Now the pressure's on. Kids are expected to know how to read before they even enter kindegarten.
I'm more inclined to let J learn naturally. I don't want to force academics because I don't want her to dislike school. I think she's going to be a good student. She learns very quickly.
I'm torn because I do think she would benefit from playing with other kids. Right now, she's an only child and it's just me and her most days. She does go to school/daycare two days a week while I work and I think I'm going to continue that in September. It's less structured than a typical preschool but perhaps that's a good thing.
What do you think? Do you feel pressure to send your little one to an academic preschool? What do you think kids should be learning in preschool? I'm curious to hear what other moms think.