I am so excited with this post! Simply because this is my first collaboration post with my sister. Today, we will give you the answers about How To Prepare Your Toddler For Preschool. In this post you’ll get answers from a parent and preschool teacher standpoint.
As you all know, I am The Teaching Aunt. And if you’ve been following my blog or has read a couple of my articles, you already know my nephew, Seb. 🙂 Well, I am the aunt, Tribobot is the mom.
In this article, we will share with you some pointers about getting your child ready for preschool.
This is in a question and answer format. My sister (Tribobot) asked the questions, and I gave my answers as a preschool teacher. In this post, I only included my answers as a preschool teacher (Since this is not my original post. I only got away with it because she’s my sister.) 😛
How To Prepare Your Toddler for Preschool
At what age should I enroll my child in preschool?
According to Republic Act 10157, or “The Kindergarten Education Act”, Kindergarten is made compulsary and mandatory entry stage to basic education beginning at the age of 5.
So if you’re going to go by law 5 years old would be the age for your little one to enroll in school.
However, some schools offer programs for children as young as 2.5 years old. They call it Toddler or Pre-Nursery class.
Personally, I prefer that children below 5 years old learn at home with their parents. The longer the children spend their formative years with their parents, the better! 🙂
What are the benefits of enrolling my child in preschool?
Aside from learning the expected academic skills such as reading, writing and counting, children enrolled in preschool benefit from large-group setting particularly in the following areas:
They learn to share, take-turns, empathize, help another person, and build a relationship with others outside of his/her immediate family.
Children build on their vocabulary and improve comprehension.
Through play and other activities, children learn how to be part of a team and how to lead it.
What are the things that my child should learn prior to entering school?
POTTY TRAINING in capital letters.
I recommend that children be potty-trained before they go to school.
They should be able to go to the toilet on their own or at least say that they need to go to the toilet to pee and poop. It would also be helpful that they know how to clean up after themselves.
I would also like to mention here that parents should take the opportunity of teaching children about their private parts.
As early as preschool age, children should know about the penis and vagina. And that these parts are private.
There’s no better person to teach children about private matters than their parents. 🙂
What should I look for in a good school?
First and foremost is the curriculum.
I prefer play-based and/or literacy-based curriculum.
Curriculum refers to contents and activities that students will engage in in order to learn.
So when you say play-based curriculum, learning will take place in the context of play; while literacy-based curriculum anchors itself on stories and books to teach children.
These types of curriculum engage children well because they are fun and meaningful.
Quick tip: If there are a lot of prescribed books (like per subject basis), head out!
Preschool years is time for exploration, fun and movement. How can a child do all these if he/she is busy answering workbooks? 😛
Playgrounds and libraries are also good indicators of a good school.
The playground should be child-proof, safe and comfortable to play in. A playground right under the sun is not exactly the best place to run in, especially in tropical countries.
As for the library, it should have good quality books appropriate for preschool age.
What activities can we do at home in order to prepare my child for preschool?
Do these three things regularly and you’re pretty much covered:
1. Do story read-aloud with your child.
2. Work on fine motor skills activities.
3. Engage in art and craft activities
I hope you gained a couple of ideas as to how to get your child ready for preschool through this post.
If you have questions connected to this topic, please feel free to write it in the comment box below. Or if you have your own preschool preparation tip, I’d love to hear them, too! <3
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