Everyone knows that kindergarten starts at age 5, and elementary school starts at age 6, but what about the years before that? Many preschools in Agoura Hills will start accepting children into their learning programs between the ages of 2 – 3, but how can you tell if your child is ready for this first big step into the academic world?
Here at Woodcrest Preschool in Agoura Hills, we’re proud to be a local leader in early education and child care. Our programs are specifically designed to keep children engaged and establish an early love of the learning process. We go to great lengths to provide our students with the opportunity to express their most creative, innovative, and intelligent selves. But in order for all members of your family to have an enjoyable preschool learning experience, it’s important to make sure that they’re truly ready for the process.
Age Doesn’t Always Determine Readiness For Preschool
While it would be nice if the U.S. Department of Education or some other qualified authority would set a strict rule for the exact age that children should start preschool, this wouldn’t be the best thing for our young children. The fact is that in the early years, each child develops at their own pace. While there are milestones to watch for, some children can be ready for preschool learning activities at age 2 while others should probably wait until age 4. So why worry about enrolling kids in preschool at all? It’s not required in Agoura Hills, after all.
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Benefits Of Attending A Private Preschool
The reason that so many parents choose to enroll their children in a private preschool program is the simple fact that it’s good for them. Multiple studies have shown that the opportunities to attend a high-quality preschool helps a child develop stronger social and academic skills at an earlier age. Children who attend preschool often experience fewer behavioral problems and enjoy greater academic success later in life.
Questions To Ask About Putting Your Child In A Preschool Program
Is he fairly independent?
We’re not just talking about their ability to walk without assistance and pick out which jammies they’d like to wear at night. To ensure the best preschool experience, your child will ideally be potty-trained, able to wash their own hands, able to eat lunch without assistance, and comfortable with sleeping alone.
Has she spent time away from you before?
Children who have experienced significant amounts of time with babysitters (including relatives) or church nurseries tend to transition to preschool with less anxiety than those who have been with their parent 24/7 since birth. This isn’t to say that children of full-time parents can’t have an enjoyable preschool experience, it’s just that it tends to take them longer to become comfortable with the idea.
Can he work on projects on his own?
Here at Woodcrest Preschool, we incorporate a lot of fun learning activities into our curriculum. Everything from cooking to yoga and crafts is available to our young students so that they can expand their horizons and discover natural talents. However, preschoolers who don’t yet have the ability to concentrate on single tasks for an extended period of time might find these activities more tiresome than enjoyable.
Is she able to participate in group activities?
Just as important as the ability to focus on one’s own work for a period of time is the ability to cooperate with larger groups to complete a task. “If your child isn’t used to group activities, you can start introducing them yourself. Take him to storytime at your local library, for instance, or sign him up for a class such as tumbling to help him get used to playing with other children,” recommends Babycenter.com.
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Is he used to keeping a regular schedule?
Every high-quality private preschool employs a daily routine. First there’s play time, then story time, then snack time, then outside time, etc. This scheduling helps children to feel more comfortable and in control when in an environment without their parents around. However, if your child hasn’t had experience with a regular schedule in their life, they may find it difficult to adapt. Establishing a daily routine in your home life prior to enrollment can help them get more out of their preschool education experience.
Does she have the physical stamina for preschool?
It may seem funny to us as adults who go to work for eight hours a day, but preschool can be exhausting for little ones! The sheer excitement of learning and high-level of stimulation they’ll experience being around other kids all day can tire them out very easily. Consider the time each day that your preschooler requires a nap (or whether they need a nap at all!). Then be sure to find out if and when the preschool makes time for a nap during the day. If it doesn’t match up, we might run into crankiness that disrupts the learning of others.
Why are you sending him to preschool?
Now it’s time to put yourself under the microscope. What is motivating your decision to enroll your child in a preschool program? Do you just need time for yourself or daycare for your child? Are you worried that if you don’t enroll him in preschool he won’t be ready for kindergarten?
The best reason to enroll your child in an Agoura Hills preschool is that they seem very eager to learn new things, explore the outside world, and meet new people–and you’re having trouble keeping up!
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