I love reading Mommy blogs, because there's such a variety of parenting styles out there and I get tickled by the fact that we all deal with the same types of concerns, no matter how we choose to "skin the cat."
One blog I read this morning was about a lady's preschool son who declared "I don't want to go back to preschool this year!" His reasons were cute, and it sounded like the core of the issue was boredom in the school setting.
What bothered me most, though, was a comment that was left. I'm not citing the person's name or the original blog post because I don't want to cause any flames. But here's the comment:
"From this end of it, I’d recommend that you do get him into a more intensive PS if you can. It may be hard this late to enroll anywhere though. But I think it’s good for kids to get used to going regularly, sitting still, having routines, writing their names - all that school stuff - before kindergarten. K is pretty overwhelming in of itself w/out having to figure out all the other stuff as well! Although S only went to PS 3 days/week and all the other PS’s we toured felt it was important for kids to go 5 days that last day of PS, I feel like he was really ready to attack school this year. (I say, after he asked if he could have tomorrow off so he could play…)"
*Perhaps the environment of a preschool is not what this dear boy needs. A more intensive preschool? Come on! This child is four years old. Let him play in the mud, build with blocks, cook with Mom & Dad, read books together on the couch.
*My big beef is the sentence I put in red. Sit still? Have a routine? Write their name? Is THAT what "school stuff" is? Let's see...Reese eats at restaurants and can sit still. He attends library story time & sits still when it's appropriate. We have CoOp weekly where he has to sit & listen at times.
A routine? Our entire day is a routine! I bet if you asked Reese, he could tell you what our day is like...breakfast, TV time, leave on whatever adventure we have planned for the day, eat lunch, come home & take a nap, etc. I don't think shipping him off to a Big Box would foster any more of a sense of routine than our daily life does.
Write his name? Um...I know plenty of CoOp friends who write their name quite well, and they haven't learned that at school! Reese is working on writing his, and that's something we'll work on at home together. I don't need him gone 8 hours a day at Kindergarten to learn that.
*And the last comment...because her son went 5 days/week to preschool, he was "ready to attack school this year." Blah. Why must an education be something to attack? The adventure of learning should be fun, empowering, motivating, joyous. You don't have to attack something that is fun, empowering, motivating, or joyous.
Keep in mind, the child this commenter is talking about is four years old.
I want Reese's learning to be something he loves. I will not allow him to be a round peg squished into a square hole. We're making our own path!