For some reason in the last decade preschool has been pushed down every new parent’s throat. Mom’s ask each other, where does your son/daughter attend? It has become astonishingly… a status symbol. “Do you send your little ones to the Royal Princes Learning Academy? Oh… they’re the best.” The way I view things, this is almost a crime.
The preschooler is being tossed about, sent to places that most of the time don’t really teach them anything except for how to argue, fight, and bite their peers. The parents are needing childcare because they are working, and truly a child who really still needs to be at home playing and enjoying the freedom of staying at home… is then pushed into a busy schedule.
Preschoolers learn the most from play, and they benefit from a relaxed schedule. There is no need to push them to start school early. Children learn when they are ready, and many times preschoolers are pushed to learn or write prior to readiness. In these early years, they learn much from their parents how to be kind, how to color, respect, and even please and thank you. Remember those days? When parents taught their little ones to be polite and say please and thank you?
The pressure is on to get our little ones into school earlier… but it isn’t necessary. There are times when instead of giving our little ones the head start they need, it causes them to get frustrated and burnt out with learning before they even get started. Be patient, teach your preschooler what they are ready to learn whether it’s homeschool science or just reading. If you are wanting to start teaching them numbers or letters, do it while they are playing – use life experience to teach. Count their baby dolls, or sing the alphabet song while you play. Make it simple, fun and stress free!