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3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Early Education

Quality Pre-K programs give young children significant advantages in language, literacy and math skills. You searched high and low, researched preschool programs or daycare centers, and now you’re ready to start! Here are three things you can do to get the most out of your child’s new educational program.

Have a consistent daily routine. That includes taking your child to school at a set time every day. Routines help children feel safe, develop life skills, and build healthy habits. They help parents feel organized, be less stressed, and find time for enjoyable activities. Good routines are well planned, regular, and predictable. For example, you could set up a preschool morning routine – get up, wash face, brush teeth, get dressed, and go. You could even make a chart with pictures showing the different steps.

Equally as important is having a goodbye routine so your child knows you’re leaving and that you’ll pick them up at the end of the day. You could choose a special place to say goodbye or an activity to do before you go. Separation anxiety is real at this age, and it might be tempting to sneak off when your child isn’t looking or not take them to school at all. Just know that will ultimately make it harder for your child to adjust.

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Communicating with your child’s teacher is paramount. Children get confidence from seeing warm, positive, friendly interactions between important people in their lives. There’s plenty of evidence suggesting positive parent-teacher communications have a positive impact on academic performance.

Communication should be ongoing and have clear lines from the start. Make sure you know the preferred communication method for your child’s school – text, email, Facebook Messenger, or a specific app. Teachers should inform parents of concerns right away but should also explain strategies that have been used to address any problems and what strategies will be used in the future. When discussing any issues, teachers should explain ways parents can help at home to reinforce any learning happening in the classroom.

Finally, celebrate your child’s achievements and wins. In the beginning those may look like saying goodbye without tears, trying a new food for lunch or snack, or making a new friend. Want to give your child an even bigger confidence boost? Encourage them to call a family member to share what they’ve achieved at preschool.

Going to preschool/daycare is a big deal for your young one, but these tips can help make the transition easier and help your child get the most out of your preschool program.

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Kishia Saffold
Author: Kishia Saffold

Kishia Saffold is the owner of Kiddie Care Learning Center in Dothan and Enterprise. She has a Masters of Business Administration from Troy University and a B.A. in Communication from Alabama State University. She is a wife to Jeffery and mother to daughter, Kiera.

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3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Early Education

by Kishia Saffold time to read: 3 min