What about Academics? I don't want my child to "fall behind."
In The Parenting Program multi-age classes, we do offer academics - we believe that academics should never be forced or administered through "rote learning", especially in preschool! The developmental approach to preschool is supported by scientific evidence and endorsed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation's largest professional association of early childhood educators.
Children "get" academics when their brains are ready to comprehend academics. This is determined by physical brain development, and each child is on a unique timeline. No amount of early exposure to academics will "help your child along" in any way until the neural connections in the brain are made and strengthened. This process is completed on Mother Natures' time line! Conversely, forced academics presented too early can turn a child off to learning - wouldn't you feel frustrated if you just couldn't "get" what the teachers were trying to show you, over and over again?
See example of how The Parenting Program teaches "academics," and view other Frequently Asked Questions.