Should I send her to PreK3?

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Should I send her to PreK3?
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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 11:57am

Hi,

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Registered: 03-10-2011
Fri, 03-11-2011 - 5:31pm

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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 2:15pm

A couple comments.

I'm hesitant to really consider Waldorf "developmental." Yes, it's playbased but there is a belief within the Waldorf community that it's "wrong" for young children to have academic pursuits even if it's developmentally appropriate for them. A developmental preschool is supposed to allow for the diverse interests of it's students. There should be writing stations where 3-year-old could scribble pretending to write a letter but also be appropriate for a 3-year-old who could actually write a proper card to grandma. Montessori is developmental in theory but you have to be really careful when choosing a school. There is more money in

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Registered: 03-10-2011
Sat, 03-12-2011 - 9:20pm

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Registered: 07-23-2002
Sun, 03-13-2011 - 1:11am

I think you're reading too much into the "developmental" label. I think it just means "we're not particularly concerned with explicitly teaching academic skills." I don't think it describes any particular philosophy or approach. Except that due to the absence of academic teaching, it is likely to feature a fair bit of social, physical, imaginative and creative play.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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