I feel like I've been swimming in alphabet soup the last month. Emily is 3 1/2 and attends a full-time preschool while Matt and I work during the day. From 8 weeks to about 2 1/2 she was in an in-home daycare. The in-home daycare only kept children until they were 3 years of age and didn't have an extra spot when Lindsay was born so I pulled Emily out. I've always been a person who believed that children should be children and they will learn when they are ready. The thought of homework or studying with her never crossed my mind. Now I'm not one of those mothers who just lets her kid run like a banshee outside with no discipline or sticks them in front of the TV every afternoon (I don't believe there is anything wrong with an occasional Disney movie or some TV. Heck I even learn a few things after watching Nick Jr.!) I just didn't focus on education and let her play. After being in preschool for awhile, I noticed that most of the other students were familiar with their letters and numbers. Emily knew a few but honestly could care less when I asked her the difference between a "W" and a "D". I don't want to be a mom who get anal about their 3-year-old doing alphabet drills and then the kid winds up resenting school, dropping out of school, going goth, and married to some skater dude they met less than a week ago. Aaaahhh! Okay maybe that's a little extreme but I want her to like going to school and like to learn. I don't want her to fall behind though so I decided to try "pushing" a few of the more educational toys we own instead. Such as, "Let's play with LeapFrog instead of with the Disney Tangled doll". Last night I found the holy grail of fun education toys and I just had to share.