In quality preschool programs, the curriculum, teaching strategies, and environment reflect research-based knowledge about the way children develop and learn. Such programs are said to be developmentally appropriate. Teachers in programs like these consider the strengths, interests, and needs, as well as the culture and home language, of each child in the group. Whether you are already registered in a school or still searching, here are 10 signs to look out for in an amazing preschool.
1. Purposeful Play
Children spend most of their time purposefully playing and working with objects either by themselves or with other children. Engaging in purposeful, intentional play with adults provides opportunities for children to implement all of these skills within the context of their lives. Purposeful play enhances school readiness. It provides opportunities for inquiry-based learning, during which children
• explore answers to their questions through hands-on interaction with materials,
• build their questioning skills,
• enhance their understanding of key academic concepts.
2. A Little of This, a Little of That (multiple daily activities)
Children have access to a wide variety of activities throughout the day ranging from table toys to pretend play to arts and crafts.
3. Me and You Time
Teachers do not always teach to a large group, but instead spend quality time with children individually or in small groups.
4. Got Art?
The classroom is the children’s art gallery. It’s decorated with children’s artworks, projects, and writing.
5. Environmental Learning
Children learn numbers and the alphabet naturally through everyday activities such as taking attendance and serving snacks.
6. Hands-on Learning
Worksheets are rarely use. Children learn through doing projects where they are given plenty of time to play and explore.
7. Outdoor Learning
Rain or shine, children have outdoor playtime daily. It should include gardening, health, wellness, and nature classes.
8. Story Time
Teachers read books to children individually or in small groups everyday.
9. One Size Doesn’t Fit All
The curriculum is flexible to accommodate children of different levels and background. To date, we have seven kinds of learners. Activities will entertain all learner-types, their abilities/disabilities and preferences.
10. Your Gut Instinct
Children are happy and parents feel safe sending their children to the program.
Go with your gut feeling. You always know if that school is right for your baby! (1)
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