In part one, we briefly examined if there is an appropriate and concrete age to send your child to preschool and explored telling signs that they’re ready, such as how they interact with others and if they’re independent. In today’s post, we’ll look at even more signs that they’re ready to experience everything preschool learning has to offer!
At Community Education Research Group, we will provide a preschool environment that every child will thrive in! We boast low child-to-adult ratios and implement the Creative Curriculum, a research-based program. Your child will learn new socialization skills and how to healthfully interact with others, in addition to foundation skills such as reading, writing, and math. Follow along and find more telling signs that your child is ready for preschool.
Is your child comfortable when you’re not around?
It’s tough to come to terms with and admit, but as your child grows they become more independent — and that’s a good thing! Is your child ok when you’re not around, and can they continue on when you leave? Having a child that is prepared for the separation that preschool brings will be advantageous for you both and make the transition much easier than if they’re not. If there haven’t been many opportunities for this, you may want to let the grandparents take them for the weekend or schedule an extended play date where you’re not there.
Separation anxiety is a real thing and if your child has it, don’t sweat it. Instead work on it little by little so they’re prepared for a day at preschool.
Can your child work on their own?
Not only will they be socializing with a lot of new kids in preschool, they’ll also be asked to work and do arts and crafts projects. Are they able to focus on a project and put in an extended amount of concentration during that time? If your child can stay engrossed in a project for a half an hour or so, they’ll be ready for preschool projects. If they’re not quite there yet, encourage quiet drawing or puzzles at home — even daily tasks such as washing the dishes can be helpful.
Is your child schedule-oriented?
Preschool is a structured environment where kids are expected to adhere to different projects and activities at different times during the day. The schedules may be predictable but they are structured, so making sure your child is comfortable with schedules and routines will be beneficial.
The best thing to do to support your child is to get accustomed to a routine at home. This can be as simple as coloring in the morning with a short learning lesson, or if you’re a working parent, establishing an evening routine such as reading a book, bathing, and then going to bed.
Do you think your child has endurance for a day of preschool?
This is one of the most critical questions to ask and examine when it comes to preschool, will they be able to last the whole day? Preschool, if anything, will keep kids busy as their whole day is planned out. Does your child thrive in the hustle and bustle of activity or do they tend to withdraw from a lot of stimulus? Some of this is inherent personality traits, but if your child becomes irritated from one activity to another, perhaps they need more time.
Increasing your child’s stamina might just be introducing more things into their schedule slowly. You could start the morning out with learning how to count and then taking a trip to the museum. You could also spend a Saturday at the zoo and do a counting activity on the drive over. It’s always important you allow them to rest or nap at some point during the day, as well as get a good night’s sleep before you do anything big.
What are your goals as a parent or caregiver?
It’s important to examine why you want to send your child to preschool. Is it because you need time in your day to yourself or you need daycare for your child? You could also be concerned that if you don’t enroll them now they won’t be ready for kindergarten.
Being a parent, you have to make a lot of important decisions for your child and preschool is no exception. While there are so many amazing things about enrolling your child in preschool education, you want to make sure they are ready. Perhaps your child is ready and they thrive with new activity and new people to meet, or maybe they need additional socialization and group interaction. Whatever scenario your child is in, you are the parent and you know best — so take a moment and reflect!
As we touched on above, a successful transition to preschool will ensure your child is able to act independently and be comfortable when you’re away, be used to a daily routine, and have a stamina for longer days filled will scheduled activities. It’s also important, as a parent, to examine why preschool is an important choice for your child at this time.