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Choosing a Preschool

Choosing a Preschool

Choosing a preschool for your child can be a tough decision; what works for one child may not work for another. This is particularly true for a preschooler with special learning or behavior needs. Get a head start on finding the right setting for your preschooler.

Choosing a preschool for your child can be a tough decision! Friends and neighbors can be a good source of information, but it's important to do your own research too. Every child is different, and what works for one may not work for another. This is particularly true if you have a preschooler with special learning or behavior needs. The following three considerations can help you get a head start on finding the right setting for your preschooler.

Who teaches the children?

Quality preschools hire teachers with credentials. Well trained preschool teacher have taken classes in early childhood education which includes an understanding of how to nurture important foundational reading readiness skills. Besides formal training, a good preschool teacher displays a passion for working with young children. He or she forms close relationships with the students and families, shares their love and interest about books and learning, and manages the students and classroom in a caring way.

How do the children spend their time?

A good preschool classroom is a busy place! Students interact with lots of different kinds of materials, including building blocks and other construction materials, props for dramatic play, picture books, paints and other art materials, matching games, puzzles, and more. The daily routine and schedule should include whole-group time as well as other time during which kids can choose what they'd like to work on, and are able to work alone or in small groups.

How does the classroom look?

A preschool classroom should engage the students, spark their imaginations and make students curious about learning. The walls should display student art work and writing that is creative and interesting. Tabletops should include things that enrich what is being taught at that time. For example, if you visit the classroom during the spring, you might see a bird's nest, flowers, butterfly nets, and more. These real life objects in the classroom help teachers teach vocabulary and concepts more easily.

Some of the answers to these questions can be found by calling the school, but to really get a sense of it, you should schedule a visit and spend some time observing the teacher and the classroom. Preschool is an investment in your child's future, so take the time to find just the right one.

Reading Rockets (2010)


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You make a pretty good point about finding out about what your children will be doing while they're attending the preschool their parents choose. Ideally a good preschool would have time set aside for both learning and play. After all, while children attend preschool to start their education it is also just as important that they start developing their social skills while they attend as well.

It’s a nice informative article. Playschools should serve the purpose of exploring, learning, having fun and happiness and making enriching relationships. As you said Schools should have a beautiful and playful environment for the kids and all the above conditions but other things also come of importance. One of such is end-to-end activity based curriculum which helps all student’s development beyond the books and taking care of their attributes to academic needs with personalize attention is needed and it’s a must. Nurturance is one of the best in its domain.

Wow!Does this article leave out alot. While finding a good preschool and asking the right questions is important, equally important is placing your child in the best age appropriate classroom for them. Parents start to believe that because their two year old is smart that they can place them in with three year olds and that they will fit in. Let's start educating parents about developmentally appropriate and how milestones need to be considered before dropping their kids into a classroom of THEIR choice and not seeking the advice of the teachers within the school.

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