Originally Posted by MamaJamie
To me, it is more important for him to learn how to get by and get along in this world than it is for him to learn how to stand in line and raise his hand when he needs to go potty.
So this has gotten fairly far off the original topic, but to the original poster, I say your child will be fine, if not better off without the preschool!
I would like to gently point out that early childhood educators do much more than teach kids how to stand in line and raise their hands to go to the potty. I am not an early childhood teacher, but I greatly admire them. Too often, they're viewed as glorified babysitters. Not the ones I know. These are women with masters degrees that teach fine and gross motor skills, phonemic awareness, stimulation of the five senses, comprehension of the world around them, communication skills, independence skills, I could go on and on. The kids in our inner-city school cook, paint, even practice some Montessori strategies. Our preschool teachers are teachers, occupational/physical therapists, speech pathologists, and psychologists rolled into one! Our parents are very happy with our teachers.
Some kids do fine without preschool, but implying that they will be better off is kind of a slap in the face to dedicated, highly trained professionals who choose a low-paying field in the already low-paying world of teaching because they care and truly love children. That's saying that preschool teachers are generally somehow destructive to children.
Here's a list of what our preschool has done so far this year as of the end of November:
1. Seen a play of Leo Lionni's books.
2. Been to the local zoo.
3. Been to a farm and picked some apples.
4. Gone to the aquarium.
5. Went to a science museum.
6. Learned about color mixing with paint (blue and yellow make green, etc).
7. Practice art every day to help motor skills.
8. Have learned songs in both English and Spanish.
9. Have made their own puppets.
10. Have learned both English and Spanish from each other.
And that's just the stuff I've seen when I've not been in the library! For some parents who are unable to take their kids to these places due to money or work, our preschool teachers are a godsend! And they love kids. They really do.