Yes, I believe it is, and I'm a clinical counselor of children. There is a price to pay for pushing kids too hard too soon academically. I guess it may be because I'm old (K in 1963)...all I had to do was know my colors, address and phone number and how to skip to get out of Kindergarten. Kids may be more academically advanced, but then we complain that they are too precocious!
It depends on the child, of course. Some kids are born to love learning, and others need to be . . . convinced.
I skipped kindergarten, so I don't have much to compare it too, but my son is in in kindergarten now, and it seems to me that he's doing the kind of work I did in first grade. He was well prepared, and he's doing great, but there are some things that I wish they didn't push them into. For instance, he gets homework once or twice a week. It's usually a single math or phonics worksheet, but after seven hours of school, he's completely beat and has a lot of trouble focusing on homework. He also doesn't get quite enough recess time, andI know that little kids really need to burn off energy throughout the day so that they can sit still and concentrate when necessary.
It probably depends on Kindergarten, the methods and the teacher. Some schools apply different philosophies. Montessori is my favorite because it allows children choose activities that interest them and allows them to collaborate or not with other kids. Teacher is not the one who is running the show, she is usually in the background helping only. I have witnessed Montessori kindergarten and I don't think it is too rigorous unless it is compared to homeschooling where kids are allowed to have more free time and are in relaxed atmosphere of their own home.
I think so.Children should spent their childhood with parents and grand parents.
I say no! These are the formative years, you’ve got to keep them learning while the learning is hot. Our children aren’t porcelain – they’re resilient little sponges soaking up information. I wish with all my heart that my early education had included a second language. Now I’m an adult and I’ll never be truly fluent in anything but English.
Not if you take it as an adult. It's quite easy then. Just color in the lines.
I heard teacher say something the other day about elementary school that I thought was very insightful.
They said, and I’m paraphrasing, the first couple of years of school are more about teaching children how be in school rather than about teaching children academics.
At its core I think this is essentially true, and given that kindergarten is their first real foray into this environment I think they try to strike a nice balance between structure and instruction while allowing for the fact that their new pupils are quite young.
With that said every school and teacher is different and each parent should choose the best fit for their own child.
Well In the UK Kindergarten is called Day Nursery and they are actually a very fun place to be and i wouldn't say they where rigorous at all, but of course the USA could be completely different.
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