I recently went to the Pre-K open house at my son’s school, and I sat there listening to the class teacher and school owner telling me how my soon-to-be 4-year-old will be reading, writing short paragraphs, learning world geography, and taking his first standardized test, and all I could think was…OY VEY!
When did selecting the right Pre-K program become so important? Isn’t college 13 years away?
Lately it seems that the race to college starts at birth with Baby Einstein Videos, Spanish DVDs, Leap Pads for babies, and waiting lists for the best, most expensive preschools. Your child has to be involved in at least 3 activities or you’re labeled a bad parent. Some days I can barely speak English, but my child has to know how to say “hello” in five different languages.
But I have to admit, I too get caught up in all this nonsense. After all, we all want our children to be the best and have the best life possible.
I’m just not sure that my 3-year-old son is ready to put down his trains and pick up a No. 2 pencil.
Yet I write this as I sign the form for his Pre-K school application.