After one semester I find that it is quite the contrary. I find the kids are tremendously quiet, sitting very still, and they're not even allowed to get dirty on the playground. Academically, I have to admit she has learned a lot. She now knows the whole alphabet, can color really well, and recognizes all the numbers from one to ten. But is this really important for a 3 year old?
Not a day goes by when I don't wonder whether I should put my daughter in a more traditional preschool where she will play and do all the cute arts and crafts that I used to do when I was her age. What do you think?
There is no "need" developmentally for your 3-year-old daughter to learn all her ABC's, how to count from one to ten, or and to color "really well." There is a need for her to be in a stimulating environment that encourages creative play -- play is the "work" of young children -- socialization, physical activity, self-exploration, and a sense of her own self-worth. Find her an environment that encourages and delivers those things and check in from time to time to see the preschool in action.