An alternative to preschool

IMG_0521-225x300A new study finds evidence that watching Sesame Street has about the same benefit for kids as going to preschool.

This could change everything.

I went to preschool when I was a little darling. They didn’t have Sesame Street back then, but I watched Captain Kangaroo and Romper Room.

My son and daughter also went to preschool and neither much liked Sesame Street. But even if they had loved the show, we would have sent them to preschool where they interacted with live humans. (To be honest, one of the preschool teachers was a little like Oscar the Grouch, but she did keep the kids in line.)

I don’t remember how much we paid to send the kids to preschool, but it had to be lots more than turning on the television.

I did a little googling of my own and learned that in Chicago you can find a number of preschools that charge more than $1,000 a month per rug rat. You can pay even more in New York or Washington. It would be much cheaper to buy the best flat-screen television Wal-Mart has to offer and watch Sesame Street.

My further research found that if you like Big Bird (apparently the most popular star of Sesame Street) you can get a real fancy bird of your very own for under $1,000: White Face Pied Cockatiel, Violet Indian Ringneck, Blue Mountain Lorikeets, Severe Macaw, Pacific Parrotlets or a Green Cheek Conure.

So, a parent can be way ahead of the game by getting a huge television, a fancy bird and making the kids preschool dropouts. In my case, my kids are too old for preschool and I don’t have a fancy television. But I do have a bird.  He didn’t cost anywhere near $1,000.


About Jim Fair

Jim Fair is a writer and consultant. He lives in the Chicago area and has a wonderful wife, son and daughter. He enjoys fishing and occasionally catches something. He tries to play the piano and sings a little. In addition to writing for Regnum Christi Live, he blogs at Laughing Catholic. And you can follow him on Twitter: Jim Fair (@fishfair).
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