So, where does all that time go? You’ve survived all the sleepless nights, taught your baby to rollover, crawl, and walk, and endured exhaustive toddler temper tantrums. Your little one is now an independent, articulate, self-aware preschooler who is ready to tackle the ABCs and 123s in a structured classroom. There will be new rules and routines to follow, but your well-prepared preschooler will be all too ready to shine. Their little minds are designed to soak up as much knowledge in reading, math, science, art, music, computers, and Spanish as you can possibly throw at them. Make space on the refrigerator, you will want to proudly display every scribble and brush stroke your little Einstein brings home.
With so many preschool choices, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which environment is best for your child. Many churches offer high quality preschool programs. There are also private preschools that are faith based as well as private preschools that are solely focused on education. You may also want to consider some alternative options such as Montessori schools. Of course, most daycare centers offer preschool programs that are for children who must be cared for full-time while parents are working.
No matter which preschool program you like best, it is important to make sure that the program is the best fit for your child’s personality and style of learning. Some factors to consider include student to teacher ratio, style of teaching in the classroom, type of discipline and reward system used, and subjects offered internet such as languages, gardening, computers, music, and art. Remember that preschool will lay the foundation for their educational pathway and you will want to carefully consider which program and which educators will be responsible for laying that groundwork.
However, this is a test. I repeat this is a test, this is just a test. Sending your child off to preschool is merely a test for you and your child before the big K, Kindergarten starts. Although not easily done, you will have to relinquish some control over the choices you make for your child and now your child will be responsible for making those choices. You will not be by his or her side at all times to provide protection from every struggle on the playground or mean word shouted from another child. What you can do is make sure that you are as involved as much as possible with any parent related activities such as school parties, parent/school organizations, school events/fundraisers, and possibly participating in other activities such as reading to the children in the classroom or making a special snack. There are so many ways to stay very connected with your preschooler in and out of the classroom.
Since preschool is just one new phase of your preschooler’s life, I have compiled a list of articles at www.atoz-childcare-directory.com that are related to preschooler care, health, safety, growth and development, as well as other preschooler issues. As usual, each new phase in life comes with a new set of challenges. But, those challenges can be easily overcome and the roller coaster ride of ups and downs starts to level out.k