|Ashley at the science center|
I'm a strict James Dobson girl and believe that kids should be kids before the age of five and schools get a hold of them. It seems like it's pushed earlier and earlier to learn. I know some people like to start really young but I just don't. They are to play and just not have those kinds of pressures. However, because of daycare, what used to be first grade is now Kindergarten. They even told me since kids learn all their letters, numbers, and shapes in daycare, they immediately start learning how to read once they start Kindergarten. Whoa! Whatever happened to the Kindergarten I knew? We had playtime, naptime, fed the fish, reading time, snack time, and that's where we learned our letters and numbers. No wonder why Ivy struggled when she went into Kindergarten. She would just break down and have a hard time participating. She was already behind. What in the world? This makes me sad because now I have to start PreK with them at home and break my strict rule on not starting them early.
I found this article about Arizona and their school standards. This is exactly what I'm talking about... Arizona's new kindergarten standards tougher
|Ivy and Juliet|
I read this quote in the article. "In our community, parents are working and most of them have their kids in day care. The kids are already used to structure. They want to do more, and they are ready."
Sorry, but I don't put my kid in daycare. Not everyone has their kids in daycare. Please don't base standards off of that. What happened to Kindergarten? That is just so weird.