A dad has been left staring at a list provided by his kid’s school after it mentions several unexpected items to get their son ‘ready for preschool.’
While some of them make sense, like can they ‘write their name?’ or ‘cut with scissors correctly?', point four has left him shaking his head.
‘Can he or she identify 30+ letters?’ asks the list.
Posting the note to Reddit the bemused father says ‘I have failed my son for kindergarten!’ joking about there only being 26 letters in the alphabet to begin with.
The letter has prompted a debate about how much pressure is put on kids to succeed younger and younger.
‘My son's school expected him to be able to read fluently by the end of Kindergarten,’ commented one Redditer.
‘I’m thinking back on my time in Kindergarten and all I remember doing was having story and snack time, watching other kids eat boogers, and recess!’
Teachers jumped in on the debate, saying that when kids arrive they can be at very different levels to each other. Some can read, while others can’t recognise their own name.
‘I would rather a child be potty trained, know how to tie shoes, zip zippers and button buttons,’ wrote one commenter.
‘While it would be nice if they could write their name and have other small motor skills and some book handling skills, but, if not, that's my job to teach them.’
This article first published on New Idea.