An overwhelming 93 percent of parents of preschoolers believe that pre-school or early learning programs are important in preparing their child for kindergarten and beyond, according to the second annual “Back-to-Preschool” national survey conducted by KinderCare Learning Centers. The nation’s largest private provider of early childhood education polled parents about what matters most to them as parents of preschool children. Kindergarten-readiness is a recurring theme among parents surveyed. What about you…do you think pre-school and early learning programs are important for children?
My youngest just started Pre-School a couple of weeks ago and she is absolutely loving it. We have found a woman in our neighborhood who teaches pre-school out of her home. She is the epitome of love and kindness. She has now taught four out of my five children. And all of them have fond memories of her. But the thing they remember most about her is that she loves them…even years later when they see her, they run up to her and give her a big bear hug.
The single most important thing for me when I was looking for a Pre-School for my kids was to find someone who was going to love MY child.
Then I think it is important to know what your child’s strengths and weaknesses are. What is he/she already good at? What are some things you would like your child to learn before heading to Kindergarten? Does your child need to learn how to listen and follow directions? Does he/she need to learn how to interact and socialize with other children his/her age? Are you concerned about your child’s cognitive or physical skills? Or do you just want your child to interact with others and have a great experience playing, learning and socializing?
I think each child will have a different need that Pre-School can provide for them. Talk with the teacher and address your wants and needs for your particular child as each child will be different. Most teachers should be willing to listen and try to make a special effort to work with you and the child in the certain areas. Each of my children had very different and specific needs and the reasons I sent them to Pre-School varied greatly.
My advice for those who are wondering whether or not to send their children to Pre-School is to know and understand your child. Then find a teacher who is willing to help you and your child reach your goals. Another important thing is to find out what type of things she/he will be focusing on throughout the year. Do they meet your child’s needs and the concerns you have for your child?
What about you? I would love for you to join in the conversation. And, KinderCare will choose one participant and make a donation in their name to the Reach Out and Read chapter of their choice, helping this amazing organization promote early literacy and school readiness in your community. It could be you who helps to make a difference.
What advice do you have for moms prepping for preschool?