Kindergarten is a time for children to expand their love of learning,
their general knowledge, their ability to get along with others, and
their interest in reaching out to the world. While kindergarten marks an
important transition from preschool to the primary grades, it is
important that children still get to be children -- getting
kindergarteners ready for elementary school does not mean substituting
academics for play time, forcing children to master first grade
"skills," or relying on standardized tests to assess children's success.