Preschool & Play: Sandbox Saga Part 2

Yesterday’s post on “Good” Preschools prompted a great discussion, not only on the site, but also in person. Seems like the preschool debate is on a lot of peoples’ minds these days. I find this fact encouraging. People starting to question the necessity of starting an academic push so soon, as well as the pressures being put on parents to fast-track their kids is definitely a step in the right direction for society.

Today I spent a lovely morning with my friend Jess, a stay-at-home mom of two. She was telling me about a parents’ meeting she attended last night where about 30 parents gathered, most of whom have toddlers and/or preschoolers. Among the topics of discussion were school choices in and around their DC neighborhood.

During the meeting, one mother stood up and informed the group that she was intentionally choosing a preschool that DID NOT focus on academics, but rather on play. The reasoning: Her child is too young to do worksheets and spend all day at a desk, and has many years of that ahead in school. Preschool-age is the time to play and be a kid.

Naturally, I think this is fantastic! And very brave, actually, to put it out there. To verbalize what many parents might agree with, but many others might judge as a foolish or uninformed choice. Regardless of how folks felt, her comments should provide food for thought for the other 29 parents in the room and hopefully spur more conversation.

My friend Jess summed it up nicely, saying, “Good for her. It’s like she gave us all permission to make that decision too, without worrying so much about what others might think.”

Keep your thoughts on play and preschool coming. I love to hear what’s on your mind or going on in your community.

Now, who wants to meet me in the sandbox? There is fun to be had!

See ya outside! - The Grass Stain Guru


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