I am enrolling for my preschool and the number one question I get is about academics and homework. When ever I explain that children learn through play, I hear how the preschool down the road focuses on academics. Sometimes I feel like I should be running an academic boot camp. Why can't kids be kids? Are social skills no longer necessary in this world? Sometimes I worry that there will one day be no dancers, painters, or musicians. To me preschool is all about having a great first time school experience. It is about helping them develop a since of self and an ever growing love of knowledge not memorizing the alphabet or rote counting to 10. I am wondering what other preschool teachers think and what they say when they encounter the, "what about academics" question. Have you been successful in helping parents see that there is more to school then ABC's and 123's? Or should I give up and start running of dittos by the handfuls?