It’s almost summertime! With summer comes the opportunity to begin enrolling children in school for the following year. If you’re the parent of a four or five year old child, this means starting preschool! While this is an exciting time for both you and your child, you may be wondering what preparing for preschool entails. Regardless of whether or not your child has been enrolled in early learning or daycare before preschool, there are things your child should know and have to be best prepared for what’s ahead. As a parent, you can make sure your child is ready to begin their first years of schooling. And, give yourself peace of mind knowing that your child is ready and equipped to start kindergarten.
Many preschool-age children are already able to write their name. But, if your preschool age child doesn’t already know how to write their name, not to worry! You have the summer to work on this together. While a child at this age may not be able to write perfectly yet, they should at least be able to identify the letters that make up their name. And, be able to write them legibly. To prepare for this, work with your child on writing their name. Start by having your child write the first letter of their name over and over until they’ve got it. Then, move on to the next letters one by one. Eventually, try putting all the letters together. The more this is practiced, the better your child will be able to write their name! And, the better prepared they’ll be to begin preschool.
Being able to identify most or even all of the letters of the alphabet should be something children entering preschool should be able to do. This includes both the upper and lower case letters. Furthermore, by this age, children may also be able to see a letter and know the sound they make. Certainly, children will learn more about letters and their sounds throughout preschool and kindergarten. But, it’s a good idea to have your children start practicing the letters early. To practice letters and their sounds, there are a number of activities you can do together as parent and child. For example, play a letter scavenger hunt game, where your child has to find letters hidden around your home. When he or she finds a letter, talk about that letter, what sound it makes, and an example of a word the letter starts with.
While your children certainly shouldn’t be doing long division equations by age five, they’ll certainly need to be familiar with numbers by preschool. During this stage of education, your child will be exposed to simple math concepts. So, they should already be comfortable with counting. To practice with numbers, work on counting steps when walking with your child, timing how long things take, counting toys as they’re being put away, etc.
Now that you know more about how to prepare your child for their preschool experience, you’ll need to find a preschool that incorporates the educational tools they need to succeed. Here at Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy, we offer educational schooling for children as young as six weeks old. And, we have specific environments and curriculums used in our preschool classrooms to ensure the cognitive, emotional, and social growth for healthy childhood development. If you’re ready to choose a preschool for your child, schedule a tour of one of our New York City facilities today.