How do you know your child is ready for preschool? The answer really depends upon your child. In my case, I noticed that my children were becoming more independent and enjoyed spending time at grandmas without having me close at hand. They talked about school and were curious about colors, shapes and learning their ABCs. And (here's the biggie) they were confident about going to the potty.
Preschool paves the way for a lifetime of learning. Here are five questions to ask yourself to determine if your child is ready for those first, important baby steps:
- Is your child potty-trained? While not all preschool programs require that children be potty-trained, at Fairmont we believe that giving up diapers is one clue that your tot is ready for the big kid world of preschool.
- Can your child separate from you without melting down? Every child has moments when leaving mom, dad or another caregiver can be particularly tough. If your child is ready for preschool, you'll notice a burgeoning independence as your little one looks forward to striking out on his or her own.
- Can your child properly feed him/herself with utensils and remain seated in a chair while eating? Preschool-aged children are notoriously "wiggly" in their seats, and that's okay. But he or she should be able to feed him/herself without needing adult help.
- Can your child play with other children or independently without requiring constant adult intervention? Playing well independently and with others is a skill that builds as preschoolers mature; however, they'll need to start moving in this direction before it's appropriate to enroll them in preschool.
- Can your child follow other adult’s directions? If you're the only one who can get your child's attention, he or she may not be ready for preschool. Make sure your child has the opportunity to experience other caregivers--family members, friends, etc.--before starting preschool.
Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools