What to Look For in a Preschool Program…

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What to Look For in a Preschool Program…

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN…

…Preschool Registration!  It seems like we no sooner begin one school year before we have to start thinking about the next.  We’ve been giving a LOT of tours here at the preschool.  I have to say, it is a pure pleasure to introduce families to Mount Olive Lutheran Preschool and the wonderful programs we have to offer them.  We are all SO PROUD of what we do and our outstanding reputation within the community.

However, choosing your child’s preschool can be both an exciting and daunting prospect. There are so many choices out there for families!   Fortunately, Mount Olive Lutheran Preschool is one of the few preschools in the area that is still able to offer the option of a half-day “preschool only” program to families who are interested in giving their children the benefits of early education but are not interested in the full childcare component.

That being said, every family has their unique set of beliefs, needs, and circumstances to be considered in their decision as to where to enroll their child.  In an effort to help with this important decision I have posted 10 signs that the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) suggests you look for to ensure your child is enrolled within a quality program/classroom. As always, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the programs offered here at Mount Olive Lutheran Preschool as well as schedule a tour!  Just give us a call!

TEN SIGNS OF A GREAT PRESCHOOL!

1.  Children spend most of their time playing and working with materials or other children. They do not wander aimlessly, and they are not expected to sit quietly for long periods of time.

2.  Children have access to various activities throughout the day. Look for assorted building blocks and other construction materials, props for pretend play, picture books, paints and other art materials, and table toys such as matching games, pegboards, and puzzles. Children should not all be doing the same thing at the same time.

3.  Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day. They do not spend all their time with the whole group.

4.  The classroom is decorated with children’s original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and stories dictated by children to teachers.

 5.  Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences. The natural world of plants and animals and  meaningful activities like cooking, taking attendance, or serving snack provide the basis for learning activities.

6.  Children work on projects and have long periods of time (at least one hour) to play and explore. Worksheets are used very little if at all.

7.  Children have an opportunity to play outside every day. Outdoor play is never sacrificed for more instructional time.

8.  Teachers read books to children individually or in small groups throughout the day, not just at group story time.

9.  Curriculum is adapted for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. Teachers recognize that children’s different background and experiences mean that they do not learn the same things at the same time in the same way.

10. Children and their parents look forward to school. Parents feel secure about sending their child to the program. Children are happy to attend; they do not cry regularly or complain of feeling sick.

In addition, ask if the program is accredited.  Accredited programs complete a rigorous self-study and external review to assure that they meet standards of excellence in early childhood education.

 

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