Utah parents are under pressure regarding the education of their children.
You feel it. That’s why you are reading this. You have an avalanche of information.
Who do you trust?
Start by trusting your own instincts. You have them for a reason.
Einstein didn’t use flashcards.
Almost no Ivy League graduate students read before kindergarten.
Mozart didn’t listen to Baby Mozart CDs.
Each of those overachievers had a traditional early childhood.
Robbing your son of his childhood isn’t a formula for creating little Einstein.
On the contrary, according to the science of how small children develop, accelerated and rigorous academics for preschool-age children is a formula for frustration and under-achievement.
America is caught up in a hurricane of errant cultural assumptions about how we educate our young children.
According to Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff in Einstien Never Used Flashcards, “We are told that faster is better, that we must push learning along at a rapid pace. We are told that we must make every minute count, that our children are like empty rooms to be filled by adults who serve as the interior designers or our lives. These assumptions about children and how they learn are at complete odds with the messages coming from the halls of academia, where child development experts have researched how children grow and learn.”
This site provides resources to help parents understand early childhood education and hopefully take some pressure off you and your children.
Armed with the truth you will choose to relax, balance your child’s preschool experience and reclaim her childhood.
Ultimately, that is the way to nurture her growing mind and produce a healthy and successful adult.
Send your child to a well-balanced preschool that delivers the fundamentals.
You are bombarded with hype from chain preschools that purport to teach your 3-4 year old to read.
Your neighbors are selling you on the necessity of outfitting your three year old in a uniform and delivering her to a rigorous academic preschool to give her a leg up on the competition.
The unity of neighborhoods is torn apart because Emma won the charter school lottery and her best friend Hayley missed out and must now go to the public “dumb kid school.”
The radio announcer hawks an expensive phonics program that gets your son reading before kindergarten, guaranteed or your money back.
The TV continually entices you to invest in electronic educational devices to pave the way for your toddler to get into an Ivy League graduate school.