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January 6, 2013

Choosing A Preschool

How to Choose the Best Preschool for your Child

Post Contributed By: Sarah Oarbeascoa M.S., CCC-SLP

As I have starting thinking about preschool for my little one, many concerns pop into my head, e.g., Will my son learn his colors, shapes, numbers, alphabet? When will he start reading? I hope he is better at math than me!, etc. I think what many parents, myself included, are forgetting about preschool is the importance of play. Our children learn so much from play.  They learn how to work with others, the importance of sharing, empathy, creativity, as well as language development. Labeling, requesting, commenting are all learned and practiced while ‘making dinner’ in the kitchen or building Lego towers. The following is an excerpt by Anoo Padte, in a spring edition of Parent Map sums up the importance of play in the preschool environment:

“Play and learning cannot be separated. A child’s play is hard work. In play, children learn about themselves, they lay down essential cognitive, social, physical, and emotional foundations, and they gather skills. They learn about themselves as thinkers, collaborators, problem-solvers, friends — all essential ways of thinking and being. Children who engage in child-initiated play of long duration in carefully crafted environments are shown to develop greater language skills, better social skills, more empathy, and more imagination. They are strong problem-solvers and are able to make connections between seemingly disparate pieces of information. Such play is made possible through the use of open-ended materials that invite imagination and creativity. Open-ended materials can be used in many ways and don’t result in one right answer.”

For the full article on selecting a preschool: Choosing the Right Preschool

Parent Map will be hosting their annual Preschool Preview Event this month.  For more details, check out: Parent Map Preschool Preview 2013

 

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