A professor of philosophy once expressed to me that young children shouldn’t leave the home. Maybe at 9 or 10, they could go to school. That’s his opinion, but he’s thinking that the parents should be the sole educators of the children in the most formative years of their life.
In my little corner of the world, that would either greatly overestimate my own abilities as an educator, or seriously underestimate the skill and professionalism of our local teachers!
Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be. When we enrolled our oldest in 4K (and now there is 3K - when will it end?) I thought it was a little silly. But after witnessing the curriculum, and its impact on her, I was eager to enroll our son too. Most of the kids were reading by the end of 4K, writing too. It made a huge difference for her in school, to have that strong academic foundation.
And while years ago I might’ve said no 4 year old needs a “strong academic foundation”, that clearly we’re pushing our kids too hard, taking the joy out of their childhoods etc… I can see how some environments with a strong academic bent might not be positive, but academics doesn’t have to be punitive and lacking joy. Kids can be kids, and still learn - their minds develop so much faster than we give them credit for. Absolutely, full day K5 is a blessing!