As your child gets closer to entering pre-kindergarten, you will no doubt have many questions that you’ll want to ask his or her pre-k teacher. While any question you have as a parent is an important one, here are a few that you’ll want to be sure you get the answers to:
- What are your expectations for the children?
If your child’s prospective pre-k instructor expects the children to sit stone still for four hours straight, you may want to consider finding another preschool to enroll your child in. Most pre-k teachers, however, are specially trained for breaking up the education into blocks of fun activities that are age appropriate for your child.
- What will a typical daily schedule be like?
Knowing what your child will be doing at what time can go a long way toward easing any anxiety you may have as a parent. It will also help you to be aware of what your child may miss should he or she ever have to be absent, leave early, or arrive late.
- What are your classroom and playground rules?
A quality pre-kindergarten program must maintain safety and certain levels of organization. Rules help to make that possible. If you are able to learn what rules your child is expected to follow, you can work with him or her before pre-k starts to introduce the concepts. You should also find out what sorts of disciplinary actions are typical for rule breaking and be sure that you can support the school to that end.
- Is there anything special that my child needs to bring to school?
Some pre-k teachers provide crayons and paper while others may ask students to bring their own. Knowing and having everything your child needs for daily activities can prevent anxiety and embarrassment from not having come prepared.
If you would like to ask further questions about your child’s pre-k experience, please feel free to contact us at A Child’s World. We’ll be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you have. Call (215) 519-1993 for more information.