On 8/20/16, Flacka wrote:
> I have taught both preK and Kindergarten for many years.
> Kindergarten is now what first grade used to be with all or
> all of the day spent in academics. Assuming both preschools
> high quality I would choose the play-based program.
> He is only 4 and has many,many years of academics ahead but
> little time for socialization and discovery. I good play
> program will offer plenty of opportunities for learning and
> discovery along with socialization.
> Check with the kindergarten teachers in your district for
> skills they expect when the child enters K, make sure that he
> those skills, and he will be fine.
> On 8/19/16, SuperTeacher wrote:
>> On 8/18/16, Nicole wrote:
>>> I am struggling with the choice of an academic preschool
>>> where my son is currently enrolled which has Spanish,
>>> science, math/computer, fun and fitness, and English
>>> lessons (with specialized teachers) vs a play based
>>> curriculum. Which is better or does it even matter? My
>>> son is extremely bright but I worry that it's a bit much
>>> his age. He will be ready for first grade before he's 5.
>> I think it depends on your values, as well as your child.
>> My daughter is 3 and a half. She is very bright,
>> academically. She can count, knows her letters and sounds,
>> loves to read. I'm not worried about academics.
>> However, my daughter DOES need help socially. When she's
>> with other kids, she plays alone. She usually won't talk to
>> adults besides her parents. She is in a toddler soccer
>> league and acts like she's afraid of the coach (who is super
>> For my daughter, a play-based preschool is the best choice.
>> She needs to learn the social skills!
>> Also remember - you don't need to pick a super-insense
>> academic or a strictly-play-based preschool. Many schools
>> offer a nice balance of both.
>> Think carefully about your son, and what he needs. Then your
>> decision will be easy.
>> I wish your son much success as he enters his school years!