Hi. I am currently a preschool teacher in a private school. We have 2 teachers in the 3 year old program. This summer a letter was written by our director instructing parents to work with their 3 year olds to “prepare them for entering the 3 year old classroom.” She requested that they work on sitting still for extended periods of time including dinner so that they will be ready to sit for the entire circle time, throwing away garbage, and to not speak in a baby voice. I do not hold these expectations for my classroom because I focus on the individual development of the child and do not believe a 3 year should sit still. I try to voice my concerns, worrying how a letter like this would be received given that parents get so many messages about kindergarten readiness. I can see this causing a lot of anxiety and concern. I was outvoted and the letter was sent today. Am I overreacting? Is this common to send a letter like this? How would you handle parents who approach you about this letter? I just think kids should be kids and my goal is for them to be engaged and curious learners. Any insight is much appreciated.