Transitioning to Kindergarten and Beyond

Will preschool help my child transition to kindergarten and beyond? Developing social skills is important before starting kindergarten. Preschoolers learn how to share and cooperate, to work together and take turns, to participate in group activities and follow simple directions, and to communicate wants and needs to others. In addition to strengthening socialization skills – how to compromise, be respectful of others, and solve problems – preschool provides a place where your child can gain a sense of self, explore, play with her peers, and build confidence. Children’s sense of self-worth will grow as they learn to take care of themselves and help others. Preschool teachers can and should appeal to a young child’s desire to engage in “real work” by offering him chances to help in the classroom, such as passing out materials, setting the table at snack time, or feeding the classroom pet. Children learn to follow classroom rules. They may be expected to wash their hands before snack time, keep personal belongings in their “cubby,” and put away toys before moving to the next activity. From a very young age, a quality preschool experience can instill a sense of responsibility, accountability, and self-motivation that a child will carry with them wherever they go.
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