WHAT TO CONSIDER IN CHOOSING A PRESCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Did you know that 80% of your child’s brain develops by age 5? This is why choosing the best early childhood and preschool program is important for your child’s life. Providing your child with a rich learning environment and getting involved every step of the way are the building blocks of a strong school-age foundation.
Parents want nothing but the best for their kids, especially when it comes to education. I sometimes feel frustrated when a parent expects a child to read, write, and do math the moment she enters school. Children learn in stages, and we cannot expect them to immediately be Einstein children once they go to school. A preschool with a very rigid program would definitely remind me of Matilda’s school and a preschool I will definitely avoid!
Preschool environment like that of Thornton CO day care should be fun yet meaningful, play-based yet structured, to meet the individual child’s needs. Early academic programs that put too much pressure on young children can result in higher anxiety levels and lower self-esteem among them (especially for those who aren’t fairing well academically).
Authorities on child development warn against over-programming little ones’ lives and has touted the greater weight of unstructured play on children’s creativity and of learning life skills at their own pace. Hence, preschools should be a place that fosters children’s natural curiosity and responds to young mind’s queries and initiatives. Recommendations and testimonials of the best preschools from fellow parents should also be considered as well.
Kids should not be pressured to learn. Your child’s first school experience should be a positive one that inspires a lifelong love of learning.
Every preschool subscribe to its own philosophy of education and teaching approach. The key to finding a preschool that caters to your child’s learning style and specific needs is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what schools’ approaches and methods are today. Each school may interpret each teaching philosophy differently, or may even combine with another.
And at the end of the day, what really matters is if your child loves her school. If she dreads going to that supposedly perfect preschool, pull her out of that school quick!
Labels: Mind and Spirit