Three year olds need more play and less structured education at pre school

Gill - posted on 11/11/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My grandson is being taught way too formally and I would like to know what should be part if aid activities

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Andrea - posted on 11/11/2013

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Ah, a little clarification goes a long way. I would agree with you that it's gotten really crazy in the US with pushing kids in education so early. It's insane the way they have classes even for babies under 1 year old. I don't really see how all this rote memory stuff can help a child that young very much. Having said that, I don't know that the structure would really hurt a preschooler either. If nothing else it's at least training him in sitting and listening for periods of time, right? As long as he's getting his most important education - love and care and attention and discipline within his family - I am sure it is not worth worrying yourself to death over. Good luck.

Gill - posted on 11/11/2013

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Thanks. His mom and I have lively healthy debate on his school activities. Don't presume that I interfere because I don't. We are incredibly close and because I am a trained educationalist - she asks my opinion. I must add that I was trained outside USA and I believe USA ways are very different - hence my post asking opinions

Gill - posted on 11/11/2013

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Apologies- I posted too hastily! What I am worried about is the preschool being too concerned with formal education. I believe a healthy environment for this age is one where play is more stressed than knowing your alphabet. I want to see my grandson learning motor skills - large and small, learning basic social skills and only a small portion of his morning spent on formal learning. What happened to macaroni necklaces and egg box art?

Andrea - posted on 11/11/2013

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Your post is a little confusing. Are you in charge of your grandson's education? What does "part if aid activities" mean? Did you mean "part of aid activities"? As in, what the teacher's aid should be doing to help your grandson grow? Please clarify....

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 11/11/2013

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Is this your opinion, or his parents' opinion?

I don't think I've ever seen a preschool that wasn't geared towards education combined with structured play.

If you feel he doesn't play 'enough' then by all means, when he's with you, play! But, I've found that while I appreciate my mother's suggestions most of the time, its when she tries to overrule my decisions that I take offense. I'd be cautious about how you voice this to your grandson's parents.

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