How to Choose
Not all preschools are created equal. It is important to learn a few essential things about a preschool before you trust it with your child’s first years of schooling. Every preschool should be clean, safe, and provide a positive learning environment, but there is much more to a school than nice facilities and happy teachers. When choosing a preschool for your child, it is important to ask questions. You might be surprised by what you find out.
Curriculum (What are students taught?)
- Does the school have a curriculum structured for building fundamental perceptual skills and concepts?
- What is the curriculum?
- What is the schedule of daily activities? How much time is spent on each subject (singing, dancing, social play, phonics and number concepts, art, etc.)?
Methods (How are students taught?)
- What is the school’s educational philosophy? Does the philosophy fit your desire for your child? Are the children free to “wander and discover”? Are children to “go at their own pace” or do teachers guide students carefully through a structured curriculum, daily building concept upon concept?
- Some schools have a philosophy that teaching structured skills such as reading and math should be delayed until six years of age.
- Does the school teach art as a skill or is it crafts? Do the children do their own work or does the teacher do it for them?
- What does the school do to teach thinking skills (logic skills such as sequencing, patterning,
categorizing, and prioritizing)?
- Does the school help children become self-reliant?
- What are the daily, monthly, and annual goals?
- How will the school track your child’s progress and report to you?