Enrolling your child in preschool is a great idea for many reasons. We’ve compiled a list of questions to ask yourself when you begin to think it’s time to send your little one to childcare or preschool.
First, when choosing a preschool, it’s important to find a facility that has a solid educational program developed that is age-appropriate for your preschooler as well as a philosophy that resonates with your family values.
It’s important to assess your child’s social skills and cognitive abilities when making your decision. We encourage you to come in for a tour at Kaleidoscope Kids and learn all about the diverse programs we offer!
From infant to preschool; we strive to provide a safe, nurturing and interesting environment where your children can discover and learn. Most importantly, we are focused on keeping your child of any age; happy, loved, engaged and secure.
Keep reading to learn a few of the questions to ask yourself before preschool…
How will preschool help develop my child’s autonomy?
While no one expects a 3-year old to do everything on their own, age-appropriate independence is important. Basic & age-appropriate tasks allow children to learn how to take care of themselves. It gives them a sense of true accomplishment. Some suggestions – cleaning up after themselves after meals, choosing clothes for the day, getting themselves dressed, buckling their seat belt, etc. If you notice them wanting to become more independent, this is a good indicator that they may be ready for preschool.
Is your child ready to be potty trained?
You know if your child is ready if they’re able to keep a dry diaper for 3-5 hours at a time, they begin to vocalize about going to the bathroom and do not like having a dirty diaper. Now is probably a good time to consider potty-training and begin talking about starting preschool, getting bigger & learning new things. Make a big deal about it! Take them to the store and let them pick out some super fun “big kid” underwear for when they go to school. Feel it out. Start a few months before the beginning of the school year and have a plan in place, knowing the toilet routine and procedure at school so that you’re fully prepared no matter where they are at on the first day. Keep trying. Keep encouraging. It’s a process. Be patient.
Am I comfortable with my child learning in new environments?
Exposing your child to other adults and children as early as possible is extremely helpful when they reach the preschool age. Research local groups & start getting involved in community events. Schedule a few play dates! If you don’t feel comfortable leaving your child alone quite yet for playdates, start to leave them for short amounts of time with a close friend or relative while you run errands or enjoy a date night. Children learn how to interact with others and emotional self-control when they are with their peers learning to solve problems. Structured classrooms aid in developing these much needed social skills.
Our program includes daily check-ins and reports with Brightwheel; keeping you updated and involved in your children’s success and progress, as well as a live streaming service that allows you to have peace of mind with a bird’s eye view on their children’s activities throughout the day while still allowing them to have their independence. Becoming independent, while pursuing their own interests in a supportive and caring community, helps each student develop a strong sense of self. A strong sense of self that inspires pride in what makes your child unique.
Do I need help introducing handwriting and language skills to my preschooler?
The child absorbs new words and phrases extremely fast. During the beginning preschool years, between the ages of 3-5, a child’s vocabulary grows almost three times. Their sentences become longer and more compound. Choosing to send your child to preschool will help them develop conversational patterns.
Our dedicated and supportive teachers here at Kaleidoscope create small classroom sizes with the lowest teacher to child ratios, in order to pay close attention to your child’s needs and development. Children are given opportunities to explore their curiosity and a natural desire to learn all within a safe and nurturing environment.
Does preschool help prepare them for kindergarten better than I can?
Preschool helps prepare each child for their future academics. An early introduction to math, science, and reading activities will plant the early seeds of interest and scholastic passion. Children absorb everything in their environment from experiencing it and being part of it. Classrooms where learning activities are available help children learn at their own pace. This gives children opportunities to review, practice and move forward based on what they are interested in. This also lets children take control of their learning, making them accountable for their learning.
How can I be involved in my child’s everyday learning process?
When and if you do decide that your child is ready for preschool, they will likely have a new teacher and a new classroom. It is essential to check out the new classroom setting and meet the new teacher ahead of time since change can be scary. If there is an orientation or school visiting day, make sure you and your child attend. A child familiarizing themselves with the space and the teachers ahead of time will help with the transition away from home-to-school. You can also ask how the teacher handles the first tear-filled days and how the first week be structured to make the transition smooth for your child.
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As you go on this journey of finding the right childcare for YOU and your family, we want you to know that whatever you decide, it truly is an ever-evolving journey. Education is a process and each individual learns and grows at a different rate. We will all learn lessons along the way and develop a strategy that best suits your child. Our doors are open to you always. We encourage you to come in for a tour and learn all about the diverse programs we offer.
From infant to preschool; we strive to provide a safe, nurturing and interesting environment where your children can discover and learn. Most importantly, we are focused on keeping your child of any age; happy, loved, engaged and secure. We look forward to helping you make the best choice for your big decision. We will follow up with more information and a phone call to answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, if you would like to book a tour, do not hesitate to call us at 203-403-7271.