I live in Central IL and I am up north visiting my family who gets the chicago tribune. This was an interesting article in todays paper about how kindergarten is the new first grade with educators, parents, and admins, along with our nation pushing kids even harder in kindergarten to learn how to read and write. http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/family/sc-fam-0905-kindergarten-20100904,0,5315308.story If kindergarten is being done like this now, how can us pre-k teachers help prepare our students? I posted a few days ago about teaching kids to write their names. I also was told by another teacher that circle time is "not age appropriate" since 3-5 years old dont understand. What do you all think?