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10 Signs of a Great Preschool - From NAEYC
If your child is between the ages of 3 and 6 and attends a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten program, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) suggests you look for these 10 signs to make sure your child is in a good classroom.
· Children spend most of their day playing and working with materials or other children. They do not wander aimlessly, and they are not expected to sit quietly for long periods of time.
· Children have access to various activities throughout the day. Look for assorted building blocks and other construction materials, props for pretend play, picture books, paints and other art materials, and table toys such as matching games, pegboards, and puzzles. Children should not all be doing the same thing at the same time.
· Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day. They do not spend all their time with the whole group.
· The classroom is decorated with children’s original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and stories dictated by children to teachers.
· Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences. The natural world of plants and animals and meaningful activities like cooking, taking attendance, or serving snack provide the basis for learning activities.
· Children work on projects and have long periods of time (at least one hour) to play and explore.
· Children have an opportunity to play outside every day. Outdoor play is never sacrificed for more instructional time.
· Teachers read books to children individually or in small groups throughout the day, not just at group story time.
· Curriculum is adapted for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. Teachers recognize that children’s different background and experiences mean that they do not learn the same things at the same time in the same way.
· Children and their parents look forward to school. Parents feel secure about sending their child to the program. Children are happy to attend; they do not cry regularly or complain of feeling sick.
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13 Tips for Starting Preschool
By Diane Tunis, Rhonda Kleiner, and Fredda Band Loewenstein
Is your child entering a preschool program for the first time? Use these tips to help both you and your child make a smooth transition.
- Visit your local library during a read-aloud time so your child gets used to hearing someone other than Mom, Dad, or Grandpa read aloud book in a group setting.
- Establish a routine of "early to bed" and “school wake-up time” several weeks before school begins so your child has time to adjust to the new schedule.
- Find out about the toileting procedures at the new school or center so you can review the situation with your child and make sure she is comfortable.
- Arrange play dates with children who will be in your child’s class. Usually moms or dads go along on these early play dates. Ask the teacher or school for a list of children who will be in your child’s class.
- If there’s a home visit or school visiting day, make sure you and your child participate. If you aren't able to participate, call the school to arrange for a visit to the school and to meet your child’s teacher.
- Make a book at home about the new preschool experience your child is about to begin. Perhaps take photos of the school or of your child in front of school and add text like: “This is Sammy at school. This is her favorite t-shirt. This is Mommy picking up Sammy when school is over.”
- Let your child pick out a new backpack and together write her name on it.
- Tell stories about when you went to school and share how you felt about it. Find childhood pictures of yourself and other adults in your child’s life and talk about the photos.
- If your child has never before been cared for by someone else, start to leave her for short periods of time with friends or relatives. Reinforce the fact that you will return and that she is safe with others.
- Give your child a personal belonging of yours like a favorite scarf or bandanna so she knows you will come back to get it.
- Read books about going to school and saying goodbye, such as
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
- David Goes to School by David Shannon
- Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen
- First Day of School by Anne Rockwell
- When I Miss You by Cornelia Maude Spelman
- Take a Kiss to School by Angela McAllister
- It’s Time for Preschool by Esme Raj Codell
- A Pocketful of Kisses by Audrey Penn
- Select a special object from home that your child can take to school--like a lunchbox, a book to share, and a small pillow for rest time.
- Remember that separation is a process. Expect that your child (or yourself) will need time to feel comfortable with the new situation.