All parents want their children to have a strong start in life, and preschools hope to provide
a firm foundation for a successful transition to a regular school later. If you are worrying that your child might not be ready for preschool, there are a number of ways to help prepare your little one for this very important transition at home itself.
Read, read & read
Among the many things that you can practice with your child at home, nothing beats reading and storytelling. Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent can do to help a child prepare for learning and for preschool.
Reading aloud improves vocabulary, phonics, and increases familiarity with the printed word. This will also help your child in storytelling, improving comprehension, and helping build literacy skills. The number of words a child will know on entering preschool will be a key predictor of her future success.
Another very important factor often ignored, is reading and talking about what you have read together helps you and your child bond, enjoy each other’s company. Just think about what this one fact alone can do to a relationship.
By reading 15 minutes every day for 5 years for instance, will mean gaining an additional 27,375 minutes of high quality time together. Furthermore imagine you and your child learning something new each day together, as well as learning a little more about each other everyday!
Art projects work wonders
Involving your child in arts & craft activities at home, will help improve her fine motor skills and the overall muscle strength and control over movements of fingers and hands. Over time, this helps increase her agility and hand-eye coordination. A big asset when it is time for her to take up tasks at regular school as well as taking up sportsin an active way!
Art projects at home help promote creativity, allowing your child to think differently and solve problems. It also allows children to express themselves and brings out their latent feelings and emotions. Remember you are preparing your child to be able to interact with other children, socialize on equal terms and build friendships. All these activities can lead to a sense of achievement, boosting self-esteem and building confidence.
To see for yourself how toddlers interact and play, make-time and visit My Gym. Bring your child along as well. Together you can interact with experienced teachers. Discover and gather several insights which may not be so obvious to you. Seeing for yourself how other toddlers behave and handle themselves in a My Gym preschool class will be an eyeopener.
Give us a call or email to schedule a visit. It will bring down whatever barriers that might exist in your mind in terms of preschool. Is your child ready for it? When to join? Such questions among others, willhelp you prepare your child at home. You can further finetune the critical role you already play in nurturing your child for preschool.