What do you look for in a preschool???

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C - posted on 11/28/2009

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Just like Anita, my son attends a Montessori school, and we really love it. They are set up very different from other schools, so you really need to do your homework on this one. We did a lot of research before picking Montessori. The children have a large open time frame that they work on what they want to work on, they have "montessori work" as opposed to toys within the classroom. The "work" is a mixture of traditonal toys and montissori puzzles and material. The classrooms encourage the children to become "mentors" to the younger children. The classrooms (depending on your school) are ages 1 1/2-3, 3-5, grade K, and elementary aged kids (yes elementary age is together). Our school goes to 5th grade but there are school that go to 8th grade. The curriculum is usually a language, sign language, geography, music, art, and they spend a good amount of time outside. The children solve their own conflict with help of the teacher. We feel that our son does very well socially and is very aware of what others are feeling, and for a three year old that's pretty astounding. It's not for every child, so you really need to spend a day at differnt schools and see what will work for your little one!

Anita - posted on 11/28/2009

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Montessori. After 6 months of consideration we chose a Montessori being so young and mold-able is great but Montessori really teaches the foundations of how to learn and interact with others. My daughter has by far surpassed children of her same age. She at 3 years old has the vocabulary of a 5-6 year old. Some of the things we looked for in a pre-school are: Structure of schedule, amount of 'Free Play' vs. 'Structured Play', what the parents visitation policy is, and what their discipline measures are. These are just some of the things but ones that were very important to me.

SHAMEKA - posted on 11/13/2009

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The mother on;y knows whast best for their child.I work at an EArly childhood center my oldest went their and i really loved it they did work and had homework,the staff was really nice so i knew what to expect you have certain teach that do certainn things.My three year old attends their know she been going since Aug of2009 and enjoy every min of it,im an aide and the teachers had a meeting they are not suppose to teach them the state wants them to learn how to get along,tey have too take the pencils out the classroom and get of a variety of things,

Allison - posted on 11/10/2009

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How your kids respond to the people working there, cleanliness and their accreditations for their teachers.

Rachel - posted on 11/09/2009

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My 3yr old just started preschool in July. We were referred by a coworker, and I knew other parents w/ kids there. When visiting, we looked at the structure of the day, friendly atmosphere conducive for play and learning, the kids who were there and how they behaved. Opinions from current/previous parents definitely helped us since there are so many to choose from and its hard to know which is best. Good luck to you!

Jessica - posted on 11/07/2009

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open door policy for parents, a little structure and lots of play! ask to speak to some of the parents that are already at the preschool you're looking into and a little online research never hurts. you could also do research at connected elementary schools to see what the end result is when those kids transition.

Denise - posted on 11/06/2009

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I agree with what Jenn said my daughter just started preschool in september and she loves it i would just like to add make sure the staff are nice and friendly to. The one my daughter attends the staff are great but the woman who runs the school has not got the best attitude she isn't firendly in general when a have to speak to her about stuff but luckely she doesn't have much to do with the kids. Children can pick up if someone is not nice my daughter has come across some in previous childcares and it makes it difficult for them to settle in.

Jenn - posted on 11/04/2009

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My son just turned 3 and started his first year of preschool in September. I took early childhood education in school and I know that at this young age the best way for children to learn is through play. You do not want an environment that is centered around academic learning. It would seem great at first when your child comes home with all this new knowledge, however, in the long run they only learn facts and when it comes to thinking for themselves they end up behind.

Look for an environment that encourages imagination! With a variety of play choices. Somewhere that you think your child will be comfortable being themselves and experimenting happily with new things.

I know it can be a hard decision but just follow your instincts :)

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