Hindu Mommy

September 12, 2006

More math and reading for your toddler?

Filed under: Kids,Parenting,Preschool — hindumommy @ 2:45 pm

Parents of toddlers and preschoolers are increasingly turning to tutoring their kids to give them an extra edge in kindergarten(which according to the latest Newsweek is now the new first grade)

Detroit Press has an article on the ever increasing trend to give extra tutoring to kids who have not yet turned 3

In today’s wildly competitive world of child-rearing, tutoring draws a crowd fresh from naptime and the sandbox. 

Junior Kumon, launched in 2003, teaches about 21,000 preschoolers nationwide. Sylvan Learning Centers, which last year rolled out programs for kids as young as 4, reports tutoring about 4,000 preschoolers nationwide

It’s all very well for 3 and 4 yr olds to learn lower letters and capital letters but what about the more important things like fun and play? Isn’t learning how to play well with other kids equally important?

As a mother of twin 4 year old daughters, I am extremely worried about my kids future academic success but definitely not at the expense of their childhood. This is the time of their life when they are supposed to play and learn thru play.

They have enough time to grow up. I don’t want them to be fed up of flashcards and worksheets even before they officially start school.



  1. I agree with you – kids should be given a chance to be kids, and we should not be in a hurry to pile up their schedule with reading, writing and math. According to a research (I forgot where I read this), kids with early (preschool) education might have an edge initially, but they usually even out by the end of elementary school and you can’t say that kids who went to preschool are better academically than those who didn’t.

    But we did sign our daughter up with Kumon when she was almost 5 for different reasons. We figured having an edge in math would give her the much needed boost in self-esteen (she was a quiet kid) and boy, were we right!! She is considered the “Math Wizard” of her class and I can see how proud she is of that. We also signed her up with Kumon’s reading program and that has been greatly beneficial too. I guess the key is in NOT pushing them – we just let her keep her own pace and don’t mind if she has to repeat levels. Kumon work actually takes a kid only 10 minutes maximum each day (and our daughter’s center suggested we cut down on the number of pages she received in her homework when her time went up). They absolutely do not want to overwhelm the kids – atleast that has been our experience with the center our daughter goes to. Since each center is independently owned, it might vary with the owners’ opinions.

    Comment by gettingtherenow — September 12, 2006 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  2. @Gettingtherenow:
    Don’t have anything with Kumon per se….As a Indian parent trying to raise my kids in the US, I I would probably follow in the footsteps of others and use Kumon later on when the kids start school. They obviously do a good job and I can see them being used to add-on to regular school.
    What I am worried about is the general trend for kids younger and younger getting totally scheduled in with absolutely no free time. I expect my kids to do their best too and I will provide them with every opportunity I can to help them but at the right age and time
    10 minutes for a 5 yr old is perfectly reasonable but for a kid who is not yet turned 3 may be semi-torture.

    Comment by hindumommy — September 12, 2006 @ 11:05 pm | Reply

  3. I agree…

    Comment by gettingtherenow — September 13, 2006 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  4. AMEN!! I am the mother of a 6yo 2nd grader and do you know that his homework this evening took him over man HOUR to do!! HELLO?! He is 6! He had to write out the numbers from 11 – 41 now I don’t mean the acutal numbers I mean Eleven, twelve, thriteen, fourteen….. all the way up to forty-one!! And yes, thats not all… on top of that he had a math sheet, 2 reading comprehension pages and was supposed to study for his spelling test… GEEZE LOUISE!!!

    No wonder kids are stressed and burnt out before they reach high school….. (sigh)

    Comment by Aurelia — September 13, 2006 @ 8:27 pm | Reply

  5. @Aurelia : … 😦
    Hopefully, the system improves soon

    Comment by hindumommy — September 14, 2006 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  6. Namaste,

    My wife and I just had our first child, but we have been discussing our children’s education for a while. We plan on homeschooling till second or third grade, for a few reasons. I want to continue the parental nurturing that children need, my wife mainly does not like public schools.

    That being said, we have decided to mainly do our best with the homeschooling as we can. I am not going to be giving my little Rudra an hour worth of work like poor Aurelia’s son had. I think we should give them enough to challenge but not to wear them out.

    Comment by Chris — November 29, 2006 @ 12:02 am | Reply

  7. Chris:

    we have been thinking about homeschooling too – we haven’t yet decided primarily because i am not too sure if i am upto the challenge
    good luck with it and thank you for visiting my blog

    Comment by hindumommy — December 3, 2006 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

  8. The wonderful thing about homeschooling is that it doesn’t have to be hard. Teaching your children can be a wonderful developing Sadhana for us parents. We have such wonderful little forms of Siva running around/crawling/driving that really need us. The challenge is never as hard as people make it out to be, unless you want it too be too much.

    Here are some Ideas I found and have thought of;


    Comment by Chris — December 5, 2006 @ 12:07 am | Reply

  9. I had a bunch of ideas but it cut it all off D’OH!!!!!!!

    Comment by Chris — December 5, 2006 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  10. Chris:

    You have a wonderful philosophy towards homeschooling….I am hoping to develop the sadhana
    Thanks for the links too !

    Comment by hindumommy — December 6, 2006 @ 12:14 am | Reply

  11. Nicely return article and appreciate the view of authors. You can also try the website http://www.edugain.com for improving Math skills.

    Comment by Anamika Sinha — April 22, 2012 @ 10:17 am | Reply

  12. Nicely written article and appreciate the views of author. You can also try the website http://www.edugain.com for improving Math skills.

    Comment by Anamika Sinha — April 22, 2012 @ 10:19 am | Reply

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