Choosing the Right Preschool Programs | Parents
Choosing a preschool for your child will set him up for learning for the rest of his life.
One of the most important things to ask when you go visit a preschool is what the philosophy
is of the school. You want to look for a school that focuses on play, exploration and creativity.
Research shows that children learn more in exploratory and open ended environments verses
formal instruction when they're young. So make sure that the school focuses on free
play and exploration. I would suggest going to observe the school when the children are
participating in free play time. You wanna look around the room and see if there are
many centers for the children to play in. Lots of different materials for them to explore
and that there is a lot of action and activity and choice for the children. While you are
watching the children, you should also watch the teachers. See if the teachers will have
a nice balance of observing their children playing and then sitting down with them and
asking questions. Good early childhood teachers ask children what they are doing. Ask them
to explain what they're playing with, explain their construction, explain their art piece.
And that brings out the content. That brings out the learning. You should also make sure
that the environment is safe. That it feels comfortable, the children are happy and it's
a clean and cared for environment. When it comes down to it, always trust your gut. If
you feel like your child will be happy at this school and the people around you are
happy then that's probably the place to go.