Please talk to your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s needs and how to access services which your child may need. Your interaction and involvement is vital to your child’s success.

Preschool children are

*Energetic  *Lively  *Sensitive  *Wonderful  *Curious

*Creative  *Playful  *Uniquely individual

How to Prepare Your Child for His/Her First Day

Families are a child’s first and most important teachers. You have already helped your child learn.

Entering the preschool for the first time is a big step in your child’s life as well as in yours. Your child’s feeling of excitement about the new experience may conflict with the fear of leaving you for an unfamiliar place.

You can help alleviate this concern by providing opportunities for your child to play with their friends or attending group activities. This practice in play allows your child to experience some separation from you.

Continue to play, read, and talk to your child.

You can make the most of your child’s preschool experience by

*helping your child to have regular school attendance

*seeing that your child gets enough sleep and a healthy meal before school

*managing the amount and type of TV viewing and video games

*sharing information with the teachers about any situations that affect your child’s learning or well being

*alerting the teacher to any concerns you or your child may have as they arise

*sharing any information about early interventions your child has benefitted from prior to preschool (e.g. speech and language, physiotherapy)

*reminding your child of thoughtful manners and health habits

(e.g.. washing hands, using the washroom)

Gradual Entry

Children start attending preschool in September in small groups to ensure a successful and comfortable beginning to school. During the first week of school new children will attend for one hour only.

Importance of Play

Research has shown that play:

*enhances a child’s language development

*encourages social development, creativity and problem- solving

*provides opportunities for children to represent their thinking

*acts as a basis for learning in literacy, numeracy and other program areas

* develops higher motivation to learn, and promotes higher self-esteem

*nourishes natural curiosity and support overall healthy development

Ways Your Child Will Learn

Preschool is an active environment in which children learn with their whole bodies, their minds and their hearts.

In the preschool setting you will see children learning:

*through physical movement, music, the arts and activity

*through hands-on activities

*to make thoughtful choices

*to accept responsibility for their actions

*to be comfortable and confident and cooperate in a larger social group

*to accept and respect others

*to think and talk about their learning

*by talking and playing with materials and with each other

*by using letter and number skills throughout the day

*by experimenting with print in a variety of playful ways

*by having fun!