Here in Silicon Valley Preschool has become a needed asset for working parents. We are no longer living
in an era where there plenty of friends next door or
down the street to play with. Our kids and our mothers
were home to teach us some basic academics and practice
social skills and manners with the neighbor friends. Now,
for those that are lucky enough to stay home, part time
preschools have proved helpful.
Now preschools could be looked at as a home away
from home. They should teach manners, socials skills, the
comradery of a group, academics, outdoor adventures
and a wide variety of activities. Parents should be able to
have their attention on their jobs as they know their children
are safe in their home away from home.
Safe: Of course there are the obvious: kids not leaving the
preschool unsupervised, not being abused by other kids
or teachers, being watched closely, no water to drown in,
no accessible electrical or dangerous materials, etc. These
things allow parents to feel safe.
What makes the child feel safe? Loving teachers that
smile and laugh a lot goes a long ways. Confidence that
if help is needed a teacher will be there. During academic
time ensuring the child is winning and not making them
feel wrong or stupid. Guiding but not punishing; yes
some discipline is needed, but that discipline should be
through education and help, not punishment. Kids also love hugs! This could be summed up as love, admiration,
communication, patience and help.
Elan Preschool has be open for 30 years in August.
Through these years I have developed a curriculum for
everything from academics to physical skills, social skills,
the arts, and more. Through these years we have piloted
and refined it, again and again. The curriculum along
with a teacher trained in it produces miracles.
It's funny, for so many years we were considered to
be the politically incorrect school in our area, as we taught
academics. Specifically: reading, alphabet, phonics, writing,
math, etc. For a few years now there has been so
much concern that preschools didn't do this, and kids
were failing kindergarten. It's really very easy to teach
these skills. Well, maybe writing isn't so easy for many
children. With patience and lots of dexterity activities
they do learn. Depending on how long a child is enrolled,
the reading level would be from short sentences to paragraph
books. By the way, kids love learning to read. I
think this is because their parents read and they know it
is a grown up skill!
I hope the above is of help when you are choosing the
right school for your child.
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