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pre-k: the last stop before kindergarten

And what a year it is! Preschool children are full of ideas, emotions, and energy. It is such an exciting time for parents to watch them become more independent and capable every day. It will truly be a year you won’t forget. So, buckle up and enjoy.

How to Support and Nurture Pre-K Development
What exactly is happening in your preschooler’s development?
Why is this year so important?

Discovering Themselves
In preschool, children begin to realize that people may think differently than they do. This is a crucial time for children to share their ideas, listen to others, and work collaboratively. An environment full of play and challenge is essential to support children in learning about themselves and others.
Curiosity and Wonder
Your 4-year-old is full of curiosity and wonder. It is important that their classroom environment is filled with unique, beautiful, and rare objects to explore and discover. This will fuel curiosity, create joy around education, and build a lifelong love of learning.
Comparing to Others
As children are developing a sense of self, they also develop feelings about how they compare to others. This is a key time for children to have responsive and supportive adults who can facilitate and clarify children’s thinking with them. This is a time when reflecting back each child’s ideas, talents, and contributions is essential. A teacher that can learn alongside a child affirms their value and importance to the community.
Expressing Ideas Concretely
Children express their ideas much more concretely throughout preschool. Their art becomes more representative. They begin asking how to spell words to express themselves in print. You may notice block creations have more complex functions and stories. This is another opportunity for attentive teachers to help children express their ideas in whatever medium they choose. It is important that the adult caregiver responds and offers new materials for the child to continue their expression.
Endless Imagination
A strong imagination helps children develop problem-solving and creativity. Classrooms with abundant open-ended, challenging play opportunities are essential for optimizing these skills. Offering extended periods of play with peers, changing and challenging environments, and provocations that spark imagination will boost this beautiful imagination as it develops!

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