The Preschool Experience: Getting Your Child Ready for SchoolTerohan Nula November 8, 2013 0 COMMENTS
Going to preschool is an important milestone for a child. Your toddlers will benefit a lot from interacting with other children their age. Their world will also expand, as they won’t stay at home all the time. Preschool also gives them the basic skills they need to build a solid foundation for their education. Counting and recognizing shapes and letters are just some of the things they’ll study. These are essential to their development and will prepare them for formal schooling.
A range of fun activities, such as singing and storytelling will exercise their communication skills. These enable them to express themselves freely. Arts and crafts also exercise their creative skills, while games help them learn how to relate to their peers. Free play develops their muscles, making them healthier and stronger.
Choosing Your Child’s Preschool
Preschool institutions offer a structured setting for toddlers just starting to see more of the world. They generally accept children ages three to five years old. Sessions can be part-time or full-time, depending on the curriculum. When choosing a preschool, it’s important to look for state-licensed schools. This means the school should meet safety requirements that follow your state’s regulations.
Oregon is home to many schools providing high-quality early childhood education. There are schools sponsored by the state and religious-based institutions, like Christian preschool learning centers. Some parents send their children to Christian preschools due to an emphasis on values formation in the curriculum. As the parent, it’s up to you to decide where to send your child. Any type of school, be it public or private, will be suitable as long as the quality of care is excellent.
Preparing Your Child for School
The unfamiliar surroundings of a school can be exciting yet frightening for your children. Prepare them by establishing a schedule they need to follow. Let them get used to doing some activities after breakfast. Playing with modeling clay and cutting up used paper can facilitate easier hand movement. You can also encourage them to do light chores on their own. Organizing their toys after playtime will teach them about their responsibilities.
Let your child come with you during enrollment. Show them to their classroom to meet the teacher. This helps them become familiar with the environment and will reduce anxiety as they go to their public or Christian preschool for the first time.