We don't want mandatory preschool guys. We really don't. We don't want our three year olds in public classrooms, with the same problems we already see in public elementary schools. Plus, we've tried federally funded preschools, and while Head Start has been successful in many ways, it does not produce the academic outcomes the government was looking for. Anyway, three year olds need time to build and explore and learn how to make friends; they don't need to learn their letters and numbers. They'll spend the rest of their lives talking about letters and numbers - friendships and hand-eye coordination are more important at this age. I don't have many soap boxes, but Nick hit on one of them unintentionally. We may think that we do, but we really don't want mandatory preschool.
Ok, I'm climbing down now ...
Want to hear my two new things that I learned this week?
1. I went to my first church-sponsored fall festival last night. As a personal fan of Halloween and trick-or-treating, I expected it to be kind of silly. It was so fun! As an adult, it was fun to see all of the kids that are carted off to children's church every week running and playing and out in public, rather than in their designated room. And, if I was a kid, I'd much prefer the festival. They got just as much candy as if they'd been trick or treating, they got to play with their friends all night (rather than walking around the neighborhood with their parents), and they got to jump in the moon walk for free. What else could a kid want out of life? Or at least out of Halloween?
2. Scented oil burners - LOVE THEM. We bought one Sunday night. It's so cool, and our whole house smells vanilla-y now. Yay for scented oil burners.
And one to grow on -
3. Couscous from the grocery store is almost as good as couscous from a restaurant. And I LOVE couscous in the restaurant, so this is a handy discovery. Yay for boxed couscous.
Seven weeks and counting ...