I am an advocate for early childhood education and I certainly believe that nursery school programs are beneficial for children. Nursery school is where children first learn how to socialize with kids their own age-it’s there where they learn to follow rules, play cooperatively, and develop their primary academic skills. A good nursery school program promotes learning in a safe, loving and non-threatening environment.
I also think preschool programs that are taught in a fun, loving and nurturing manner are suitable for young learners. In fact, there are a host of multi-sensory activities, from language classes to gym and sports programs, that teach young learners in a manner appropriate for their age level and skill set.
What I don’t find to be age appropriate in any form, are programs that teach two and three year-olds the skill and drill fact method! I recently read this article in the New York Times about a new program that provides tutoring in this very manner to toddlers and young children. It honestly saddens me to know that this style of instruction is being practiced on our little learners. Read the article and let me know your thoughts on the skill and drill method!
Yolanda is a busy mom of twins in the Delaware Valley and is the owner of Your Team Tutor.