A baby isn’t born with a fully developed brain. As it develops, its neurons make up to 15000complex connections with each other. This wiring of pathways readies the brain for all future tasks, and is most vigorous in the first six years of life. Pathways used often are strengthened; those not used gradually aliminated.this’use it or lose it’ principle of brain development is the key argument for preschools, as formal schooling begins only at age four or so.
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 checklist can help you get a head start on finding the right setting for your preschooler.
Preschool provides a wonderful opportunity for your child to make new friends, socialize, and learn from an adult. Starting preschool is an exciting (and sometimes nervous!) time for little ones and parents.
Here are the Preschool Tips that help you and your child :
- Take advantage of opportunities to get to know your child’s teacher and his classroom before the first day of preschool.
- If they’re offered, attend the orientation meeting, the Open House, or the Welcome Back Picnic.
- Use those times to meet your child’s classmates and families. It might also be helpful to set up a playdate with a child or two from your child’s new class.
- In the weeks before preschool starts, share your excitement about school with your child.
- Focus on the fun things he’ll learn during the year, and all the different things he’ll get to do. If possible, visit the playground at preschool. If you’re excited, your child will be too!
- Clear away a special area in your house for your child’s bookbag and jacket. Establish a routine that puts your child in charge of clearing out and hanging up the backpack each day. This will make the morning rush a little less hectic.
- Find some quiet time at the end of each day to share two or three books. Ask your local librarian to share books about school feelings and the first day.
- Take a few minutes to talk about her feelings and her day at school. You’ll both sleep better!
Preschool checklist: ten must have :
- Teacher child ratio 1: 20
- children or less per room
- Adequate ventilation, natural light and space: ideally a garden with swings and a sand pit.
- Proximately to home so the child needn't travel long distance and can be easily picked up if unwell.
- Trained teachers who are not just competent but loving too.
- Low teacher’s turnover, so your child is in experienced hands.
- Clean and hygienic environment
- Direct teacher parent communication with regular feedback
- Books,toys,aids actually used by children, not just displayed
- Completion free environment where children aren’t pressured or compared with others.