god, christina - will you come and work for <BIG><BIG>ME??????!!!!!</BIG></BIG><P>
<P>only thing is, i have always been taught and accepted that, having more than 5 in the class at this age, is not really acceptable.....<P>actually i'm NOT criticising you, because it is apparent from everything you say, not just here in this thread, but elsewhere at the board, that you are a funloving organised respectful person who thinks about things and takes your responsibilities very seriously - so i'm sure YOU are fabulous at this, but *I* would never dare have more than ten (at the absolute outside) in a pre-school class......and i know i would be frowned on by my very knowledgeable experienced peers, if i did so, (just as we DO frown on other 'inferior' teachers here who DO that!
)<P>i think these are great posts from everyone - i especially appreciated antoP's words, and christina's descriptions....very funny, and very true.<P>christina, you really DO sound like you are doing a wonderful job - but i just can't imagine this, with all those kids - i guess it's just not what we do, here....<P>basheva, just for interest, the standard (here) is half an hour only for 3,4,5,6 year olds, and at 7, 45 minutes...<P>none of this is ballet - only 'pre-ballet' as one feels obliged to call it, for the parents' sakes - but really it is just general movement and social concepts, music enjoyment, etc.... <P>i completely agree with someone above, who said that they will never be 'behind' for starting later - anything up to age 10, say, will NOT disadvantage them AT ALL, as they need certain intellectual and emotional maturities to take in and to develop physical competencies, and these come later...sure, some kids can get it sooner, and sure, they look cute - but it's all un-necesary, and risks burnout before they are of an age to really progress (in terms of a career). <P>of course, if one is purely talking in terms of enjoying age-appropriate social behaviour in a group, then anything goes....but this DOES veer towards 'child-care' or babysitting.....whatever.... - i wouldn't stop anyone doing what they want, in this regard - except that i agree that far too many parents are far too pushy! let them be kids! - but i DO think people should be realistically aware of what can be accomplished, and of what it is appropriate to accomplish, and of balancing up the rest of life with dance.<P>what an interesting thread this is..thanks all.....
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