Every parent wants the best for their child and to be able to provide the best you will need to have information. The best thing that a parent could ever offer their child besides love is education. Education is one of the keys to success and it all depends on where your child gets it from. So before you go about looking for a school, here are some facts that you should be aware of.
1. In Preschool, the Relationship Between Teacher and Student Is Key
The connection between child and teacher is more important than any curriculum, Tyre said. Think of it this way: your 3- or 4-year-old is accustomed to being surrounded by loving people, their parents and siblings 24/7, and school is their first time spending a large portion of their day away from those people. You want to look for a preschool teacher who is very engaged, Tyre said. Have a conversation with a prospective teacher about their current classroom. They should be able to speak about individual students’ strengths and weaknesses and be well informed of their background, interests, emotional and academic achievements. You want a teacher who takes great pride in his or her students’ progress and is consistently open to their improvement.
2.The Early Years: Words, Words, Words
Your child should be surrounded with words, especially in the early years, Tyre said. You want to look for books in the classroom and be sure the class makes regular visits to the library. You also want to ensure the teacher sets aside lots of time for reading, reading instruction and storytelling. In the preschool and kindergarten years, be sure the teacher is providing the building blocks for learning to read. They should focus on syllabication, e.g., “B makes the ‘bah’ sound” and “the boy had a big blue ball.”
Preschool is at the base of the educational pyramid and it is what holds up every other education in the later stages of life. You therefore need to choose carefully where your child’s foundation is built. Here are a few factors on how to go about it.
“Word of mouth is priceless,” shares Christin H., a mother of three children. The sheer number of preschool choices in any given city can make the research process seem overwhelming. To narrow your search, many Circle of Moms members suggest asking friends and family for recommendations. As Rachel F. shares: “We were referred by a coworker, and I knew other parents with kids there…Opinions from current/previous parents definitely helped us since there are so many to choose from and it’s hard to know which is best.”
2.Curriculum and Structure
As Griselda H. advised, you have many different preschool teaching philosophies and curriculums to choose from: “When choosing a preschool, you need to keep in mind if you want to put your child in a ‘developmental’ or ‘academic’ preschool.” From Montessori to Waldorf to Reggio-Emilia, each preschool will have a particular daily structure and typical activities, so be sure to ask what a typical day would look like.
Middle school is all about growth and development. The next important stage is high school because from here your child will be heading off to college. So you should choose very carefully but this time find something that your child can work with.
Define Your Child’s Needs
Some children work better in a structured learning environment, while others thrive in classrooms that allow students to guide the process. Look at a school’s curriculum and disciplinary policies to determine whether the environment will be a good fit for your child. Education.com suggests specifically looking at factors like whether the school stresses group projects over individual assignments, homework policies and discipline practices. Find out if the school is doing everything it can to help students learn, regardless of students’ backgrounds, disabilities and learning styles.
Determine Your Child’s Learning Style
Identify your child’s learning style, whether your child is a visual or auditory learner, and whether he works better in groups or individually. Does your child have any learning disabilities the school will need to address? If so, does the school offer specific programs for those types of disabilities? If possible, talk to parents of children with similar learning styles to find out how they think the school is performing.