Deciding whether your child is ready for preschool is never easy. Each child, and household, is individual, with individual needs and circumstances.
Certain factors, however, can help you determine the best time to enroll your child.
If you work outside the home, preschool may be a necessity. Likewise, if you are a stay-at-home mom, preschool may be a good break for both you and your child. Beyond family dynamics, always take your child’s health into consideration. If he/she is susceptible to infections it may be wise to hold off on preschool for awhile, says Parenting.com.
Separation anxiety is common, but most kids are fine within a few minutes after a parent leaves. Consider a trial run at a local library program or playground to see how it goes, suggests Parenting. If your child has no problem being away from you, it’s certainly time to enroll in preschool. One advantage of preschool is the ability for a child to interact with his/her peers. Preschool helps a child learn to play and cooperate with other children.
Even if your child does not concentrate for long, preschool is the perfect environment for him/her to learn to do so. Most preschools also include nap time for younger children and “quiet time” for children one or two years before starting kindergarten.
It’s important for your child to be able to communicate effectively with others to avoid frustration on both sides, notes Parenting, so if your child does not speak clearly enough for others to understand him/her, or at least point, consider waiting until he/she does.
Socialization varies depending on age, says Parenting, adding that at two, most children socialize somewhat, while three and four-year olds should be able to share and listen, refrain from hurting each other and participate in cooperative play.
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