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What Pre-K Teachers Wish Parents Knew

If your little one is starting Pre-K, you might feel overwhelmed by the experience too. As a parent, you have always been at the center of your child's life. And now they're beginning an experience that you don't know that much about. If you're a parent, you should know as much as possible about how Pre-K really works before your child gets there. Here are three things that Pre-K teachers wish parents knew.

It's Not Babysitting

Even with such young children, Pre-K is an academic experience. All Pre-K programs serve four to five-year-olds and focus on school readiness. They also have high standards. So it is essential that you treat Pre-K like you would elementary school because that's what it's preparing your child for. Your child will be assessed and they will learn new and exciting things during their time in the classroom.

You Should be Involved

Sometimes parents want to hand off the responsibility to the teacher. Or they might think that they're being pushy by getting involved in their child's education. Pre-K teachers want parental involvement. Parents are a child's biggest role model, so your children should see that you value education. Contact the teacher when you have questions or concerns and make sure that you show up for meetings. Not only will this show that you care, but it will also help you to deal with any issues that might come up in a fast, appropriate manner.

Play Is Essential

Even though Pre-K is academic, teachers want you to remember that your child is still young. They need time to play and explore the world on their own terms. Since school is so structured and busy, they'll need time outside of school in order to relax and have fun on their own. Make sure that your child isn't over-scheduled after school and on the weekends. They should have time to use their imaginations and play on their own.

Teachers want to be your partner when it comes to your child's Pre-K experience. Make sure that you stay in communication with them and understand exactly what to expect from your child's time in school. This way, you and your child will be more prepared to be successful in Pre-K and in the future.

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