Five things to consider in choosing a preschool, kindergarten, or early elementary school for your child

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Sometimes a parent can do more harm than good to his child by expecting too much from him without knowing that by doing so he’s risking his child’s emotional and mental health in the process. Giving your child so much stimulation without time for relaxation can be likened to a baker who’s baking bread without giving it time to rise. To restrain such an impulse to push, suggest, shove, insist, and even punish for poor performance or lack of performance of a child by a parent would be requiring to take a good deal of energy.

Parents need to put in their minds that patience is something that could be much more motivating than to push or trying to force performance or maturity. Having patience with your children is one of the best things you can do for them as a parent. If you’re trying to look for early childhood programs that don’t push your kids, then these five things must be considered:

A WARM, LOVING, AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT

In choosing a preschool, kindergarten, or early elementary school for your child in which you’re considering to place your child, you must actually visit the place yourself first. You can’t just base your decision on someone else’s experience or your friend’s or neighbor’s opinion as to which program is best suited for your child. After your child has been enrolled for a few weeks, you may then try scheduling for a follow-up visit. As long as you see how well your child’s enjoying the program, showing progress in his learning, and comes to interact well with teachers and classmates, then that’s the best place for him.

A PLACE FOR FUN AND PLAY

Whether at school or home, your child needs plenty of time for play. For young children, play is learning; it aids a child’s growth. Playtime helps kids to embody a high degree of motivation and achievement.

When you’re giving your child enough time to play, you’re offering him the freedom of action by which to also include the elements of adventure. When your little child is playing, he’s into something that offers opportunities for him to make decisions and solve problems. It is unfortunate to see young children, even preschoolers and kindergarteners, to seem to have very little time for play nowadays and, instead, participate in competitive team sports at such a very young age.

A PLACE WHERE CHILDREN CAN LEARN THROUGH DIFFERENT AVENUES OF LEARNING

There must be opportunities for children to learn though exploration, experimentation, observation, building, dramatic play, and hands-on activities, instead of just pencil and paper activities such as worksheets.

A PLACE WHERE TEACHERS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO UNDERSTAND AND GENUINELY ENJOY THE COMPANY OF CHILDREN

The school is considered by many as the child’s second home and teachers come to substitute the role of parents. It is important that teachers and preschoolers and kindergarteners build up good relationships with each other.

Just like real parents, teachers must as well see the importance of being patient in dealing with young children. Being patient is to respect the child’s individuality, immaturity, for what a child is now, as a preschooler, and not to hurry him to carry more responsibility or in producing more achievements than he is able.

A PLACE WHERE KIDS CAN FREELY LEARN AND DEVELOP AT THEIR OWN PACE

Young children learn by engaging their senses like seeing, hearing, or touching. They will eventually learn to reason out, cooperate with others, and solve problems. Sure, kids get busier and have to hurry more and more when they grow up. But putting them in a situation when they’re constantly in a time crunch, to rush here and there, is to actually impede learning and motivation. Taking them to have to spend a little downtime, on the other hand, is one best way to boost motivation.