It is worth the while to research Emergent Curriculum and Learning Through Play.Professor, author, and child advocate Betty Jones PH.D. is most known for mainstreaming Emergent Curriculum in most, researched based early childhood settings. Many of her books can be found on Amazon.
As a teacher who understands emergent curriculum It is not always easy to explain to parents that when their children are playing they are actually learning, and that "Academics" is a dirty word. As a parent we can educate ourselves, to promote a healthy relationship with our child's teacher. It is also important as parents to understand that not all schools are the same. Just as we choose career paths that fit our personality, we should also choose our child's school based on our personal needs and expectations. We must understand that not all schools work the same. Where one school might be right for one family, but for another it may not fit at all. It is important to research a school before we send our children, know their philosophy, and teaching styles in order to avoid that uncomfortable situation when ideas between teacher and parent clash.