Now, there’s even a precursor to preschool. It’s called “Junior Kumon,” a spin-off of the popular tutoring program, but for toddlers. Three-year-old Giana is enrolled. With the help of an instructor, she can identify common objects like twigs and presents.
Here’s an idea: Why not teach your kids about twigs by actually letting them go outside and see a twig?Â Its crazy, but it works!
Large tutoring companies that have long helped high school students prepare for the SATs are now helping three- to six-year-olds prepare for kindergarten.
Responding to the demands of parents, Junior Kumon was launched in 2003; today, about 40,000 children are enrolled, at a cost of up to $220 a month.
How horrifying is this?! I was watching the nightly news and saw this and just had to post it. Parents are sending their 3-year-olds to tutoring to learn their ABCs. Um, my kids both knew them before 2 – no tutors needed. How has our society convinced parents that we need to hire experts for every aspect of life?! How sick!
Giana’s mom wants her daughter to have an edge. “My main goal is to have her ahead of the class,” says Gina Moreno. “I don’t want her to be the kid that needs [an] after-school program, that needs help.”
I probably shouldn’t even point out that the mother made a grammatical error during the interview. Even aside from that, how does it ever make sense that in order to stop your kid from needing help during their school age years, you instead decide to suck away their childhood and force them to go to tutoring during a time in their life when they need to be outdoors and learning about the world around them?
When did our country become so assinine?