Is Your Child Preschool Ready?
Preschool is a wonderful thing. It prepares small children for “real” school and can help give them a head-start, both academically and socially, once they enter kindergarten. However, not all children become ready for preschool at the same time. Before you enroll your child, you’ll want to make sure that he or she truly is ready for a preschool environment.
Understanding and Following Instructions
First things first, your little one must be able to understand clear, simple instructions and then to obey them. Preschool teachers have the tough job of corralling a bunch of energetic children and moving them smoothly from one activity or task to the next.
As such, if your child isn’t yet capable of understanding commands or has problems listening to or obeying them most of the time, it’s probably not time for preschool just yet. Work on following instructions with your child. Instructions such as “Play quietly” or “Sit here” are simple and work well. Once your child can understand and listen to basic directions, then he or she might just be ready for preschool!
It’s also a good idea to make sure your child is in good health before entering him or her in preschool. Kids in preschool are exposed to all kinds of germs and illnesses, which is fine for a healthy kid, but for children with immune system problems or other health struggles, being constantly exposed to viruses and germs is not a good thing.
Furthermore, you’ll need to make sure your child has all the required vaccinations for his or her age; most preschools won’t even allow children without the proper shots and basic healthcare to enroll.
Preschools expect their students to be fairly independent. As mentioned, preschool teachers are busy people, and they don’t have time to help every child with basic tasks. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure that your little one can take care of basic needs, such as going to the bathroom or at least saying he or she needs to go to the bathroom, eating, and washing hands on his or her own.
If your child hasn’t developed these skills yet, don’t worry! You can work on them together and then enroll your child in preschool once he or she has it down pat.
There’s no magic formula that will tell you when your child is ready for preschool. But, by looking for these signs of readiness and knowing your own child well, you can make the right decision about when to start preschool. For more information, talk with the leaders of a preschool such as Wooden Shoe Pre-School & Pre-Kindergarten.