How to Choose a Preschool

Choosing a preschool program is an important decision for any family. The many different options can feel overwhelming for parents. When evaluating a preschool program for your child, it is important to remember that early childhood education is built on a foundation of trust. When touring a school, look for these signs of success.


How do adults interact with children? Look for signs of mutual respect between students and their teacher. Do teachers speak to students in a way that is supportive and nurturing? Are children respectful to their teacher? Developing social and emotional skills is an important part of the curriculum in IWA Kindergarten Prep.


How are students learning in the classroom? Look for a balance between independent learning activities and group instruction. Do students seem engaged in the activities or bored? Is there a good balance between fun, educational play and instruction? 


What are the students learning? Look for a curriculum that aligns with your goals for your child. IWA Kinder Prep focuses on literacy, math, self-regulation, and social activities. Are students learning a variety of subjects? Children in the all-day program at IWA participate in specialized courses such as Art, Computer, Music, Library, Physical Education and Etymology.


Lastly, Can you see your family and your child thriving at this school? Consider factors like class size, schedule and interactions with faculty and staff. Most importantly, consider how this school can support your individual child and their unique needs.


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