Choosing the Right Pre-school For Your Child

This is it! Hubby and I finally enrolled our kids in a pre-school just 20 minutes away from our house. We have been looking for the right pre-school weeks ago and finally we settled in LIGHT BEARER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY in Taytay Rizal. They offer free summer class and yesterday was my kids’ first day at school. Well actually, Ciren will be in the Nursery category since he is already 4 years old while Erin will be considered as Toddler ( sit-in ) since she just turned three. We will try first if she can already manage to attend school because we know her to be so playful and a little bit sensitive especially when she’s not with me, her dad or her Mommy Lola while her Kuya is already a tough kid.

 

Here are my two kids all set to attend their first summer class
However, they are both familiar and very much aware of shapes, colors, numbers and few letters. In that we both believed that they can finish their summer class in flying colors.

Ciren while taking his entrance exam with Teacher Che

The school has three teachers and only handle a maximum of 15 kids in their class. It is air-conditioned and has a restroom inside. It has a wide space enough for their class and various learning activities. We learned of this school from my Mom’s friend who’s grandchildren spent their pre-school years from them. So far, they told us that they have students who got accellerated because they cope up easily with the lessons.

Erin playing along with her new classmate

I did some research before we chose this pre-school for them and jotted down  few pointers. So in case you’re also in a pre-school hunting mode, let this be a guide to you as I have also gone through this list.
1. Take a look at the preschools in your area, browse through the Internet and get feedback from family and friends in order to compile a list of preschools you think would be good for your toddler. Base your decision on the location of the school, the amount of children per classroom, and the friendliness and qualifications of the staff. — CHECKED
2. Try to choose a preschool that is as close to your home or job as possible. This way, your child will be able to make it to school on time each day, and won’t be restless or cranky by the time they arrive at school.–CHECKED
3.Another great way to help you choose the perfect preschool for your toddler is to talk to the director about the school’s philosophy and learning methods. Most preschools emphasize learning by doing, a concept based on the writings of John Dewey, and other preschools practice Montessori teachings, where a child’s individuality is encouraged. You should schedule a time to talk with the preschool’s director about which learning methods are used often in the preschool, and decide which of these learning styles will work best with your child’s personality. Ask about how much your child will be learning ‘on his own’ during the course of the day, how much time is allotted for play with other children, and whether or not your toddler’s social and emotional development will be just as much of a priority as his academic learning.– CHECKED
4. You may not be able to get a feel for all this over the phone, so schedule a meeting with a few schools, to see first hand how a typical day in the preschool is spent. You may even get a few reactions from parents who are picking their children up or dropping them off; this is an accurate way to determine whether or not your child will be happy there, since parents really don’t have anything to lose by being honest with you. Your visit will also allow you to see how clean the preschool is, how new or safe the toys or playground equipment are, and how meals are served during the day. After you schedule a time to speak with the administrator or your child’s potential teacher, ask if you can actually observe a class for about twenty minutes or so, so that you can see exactly how the class is run, how attentive the children are, and which teaching styles the instructor uses.– CHECKED
5. Before you make any plans to register your child at a preschool, talk to your toddler about the idea of preschool and pay attention to his reaction. If he panics at the thought of you not being around, you may want to take a little more preparation time getting him used to the idea of not being at home all day. Or, your toddler may embrace the idea of preschool. She may be excited about going to school, and will want to know about meeting new friends and having a teacher. Your child’s personality is a good indication of how he or she will behave in preschool, so if you know that you eventually want to enroll your toddler in a preschool program, observe them early to find out which classes and day care centers would be best for them.– CHECKED
6. It may also be a good idea for you to set up a mock preschool in the home, so that your toddler can get used to the idea of playing with friends, problem solving, and various forms of instruction. Invite friends from the neighborhood and/or family members of the same age over to play during the day. And, set aside times for snacks and a nap, in order to put your toddler on a schedule. Let the toddlers play independently as much as possible, and step out of the room every once in a while, so that your toddler will get used to being without you for long periods in the day. Setting up a preschool in your home may help your child cope with the idea of preschool a little better, especially if he or she is afraid. Explain to your child that the activities you do at home will be similar to what goes on in preschool; this will help to ease some of the anxiety your child may have about starting preschool. Remember, this may take some time, so get your toddler prepared for preschool as early as you can.– CHECKED
After this week, I will update y’all on how my kids performed in their summer class.

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