I AM A MOM OF THREE: 16, 4 AND 16 MONTHS. I'M FROM GEORGIA WHICH IS A FORMER SOVIET REPUBLIC. FOR THE LAST 4 YEARS I'VE BEEN ALL INTO NURTURING CREATIVITY, PROBLEM-SOLVING, NATURE LOVE,RISK-TAKING ETC. WHILE ALL THESE SEEM TO COME NATURALLY TO ME AND MY FAMILY, THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AS WELL AS MENTALITY IN OUR COUNTRY IS THE VERY OPPOSITE. MY SECOND CHILD BEING 4, WE STARTED LOOKING FOR A 'PLAY-BASED' KINDERGARTEN AND THERE WERE NONE. WHAT THEY OFFER IS:ENGLISH LESSONS, MATH LESSONS,READING AND WRITING LESSONS (WHEN ASKED, NEITHER MANAGERS, NOR TEACHERS HAD ANY IDEA WHAT IMAGINATIVE PLAY IS) AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SEEM TO APEAL TO THE PARENS(FORMAL EDUCATION FOR 3, 4 AND 5 YEAR OLDS!). WHILE I NEED FOR MY KIDS TO MIX WITH THEIR PEERS, I DONT WANT THEIR UNIQUENESS, CREATIVITY, CRITICAL THINKING BEING IRONED OUT, AND STEREOTYPES IMPOSED. i NEED YOUR ADVICE AND MOST OF ALL YOUR SUPPORT!!!!

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