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How to Prepare Your Child for the Preschool Curriculum | Parents

When people ask me how they can prepare their child for preschool, I always tell them you

have to remember three key things. Talk to them, read to them, and let them play. So,

what does that mean? So, you should always talk to your child. Have conversation about

anything that you can think of. Ask them questions. Wait for them to answer. Point out things

that you see in your daily life, and ask them what they think. This builds their vocabulary.

It teaches them to have a conversation, and to listen, and wait their turn. Always read

to your children. You should give children opportunities to explore books, to read books

with you, to listen to you read, and to just sit and have time to flip through them, and

learn what a book looks like. Before children go to bed, is nice time to read them a story,

and then to have them help you to read a book, by looking at the pictures, listening to your

words, and repeating it back. Giving children shared book experiences at home, sets them

up for preschool, where the children are read to on a daily basis. They're read to in large

group, there's typically a center that they can read books on their own, and then they

can sit with the teacher and have a one-on-one book experience. So, with the reading and

the talking, the last thing you should always let children do, is play, and you wanna give

children lots of opportunities to play with other children, in any type of social setting,

before you go to preschool. You can take them to the park, you can take them to play areas,

you can have playdates at home. This gives them a chance to play with materials with

somebody else. To interact with them, to have conversations with them, to watch another

child play, and see if maybe that's something they can do as well. These beginning social

experiences, will set them up nicely for when they walk to a preschool classroom, and are

given the opportunity to talk to 15 of their peers, and choose who they wanna play with,

and where they wanna play. So the key is really to give them the life experiences. To give

them lots of books, talk to them a lot, let them play, and when they walk into a preschool

classroom, they'll be ready to go.