All parents want their kids to have a good start in life, and that’s where preschool comes in. In this episode the moms are joined by guest hosts Lindsay Chan and Grace Boland as well as Selvei Rajkumar from KLA Schools of Naperville to talk about giving kids a solid foundation for the future.
The Value of Preschool
Children’s brains and personalities are formed in the first five years. Their learning is heavily impacted by the homes they grow up in, the communities they’re a part of and how they experience learning.
“Children are like learning machines, babies especially, so it’s important for them to be in a group setting so they can interact with their age group,” said Slevei Rajkumar of KLA Schools of Naperville.
When to Enroll
Most preschools start accepting kids around age 2 and a half, but that doesn’t mean your child is ready for preschool when they reach that age. Readiness for has more to do with where your child is developmentally.
“We started our daughter in preschool when she was about two. For us, it was more of the social-emotional aspect. We really wanted her to start trusting other adults, getting used to other people, playing, sharing, taking turns, that sort of thing,” said Lindsay Chan.
How Often Should They Go?
Parents may worry that their child will fall behind if they don’t get the “right” amount of preschool. But a few mornings a week is fine, especially for younger children.
“For my oldest one, he was in preschool, it was kind of touch-and-go initially, because it was breaking routine. But once he started, he wanted to go every single day, and I’m like ‘we only signed up for three!'” said Grace Boland.
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