As usual, Sue Shellenbarger over at the Wall Street Journal's Work & Family space, does a nice job balancing both sides of a heated issue with this column on preschool research
. Her conclusion: Do kids need
preschool? No. But can it help? Sure.
Googling the column, it was funny to find quite heated opposite perspectives from the very same paper. This op-ed piece from last summer, for example, asks us to Protect Our Kids from PreSchool
. Strong stuff in the column as well as the interesting comments area
. My three oldest (and another next year) have all attended a preschool that we loved. Were weexpecting academic miracles? No. Do we think our boys were ready to expand their worlds a bit, hear some new voices, try some new things (and still get a nap in back at home)? Yes to all. Helped a lot that we happened to love the two teachers.
Of course here at schoolfamily.com, we have tips for getting your child ready for kindergarten
, whether you're using a preschool or not.