As you prepare your four-year-old child for preschool, the options available to you can feel overwhelming. How do you choose the ideal learning environment for your child that’s at once safe, nurturing, and challenging? How do you know if a school will be the right fit for your family?
At Bethesda Christian Schools, we understand where you’re coming from. While every school is unique, here are a few key elements that the best preschool programs have in common.
“Play Is Learning” Philosophy
Young children primarily learn through play. A great 4K program will include play-focused learning in a variety of imaginative settings. Some examples include:
- Pretend domestic activities such as cooking, playing house, and cleaning.
- Dress-up and dramatic play, like playing with puppets.
- Sensory play, such as a sand and water tables.
- And of course, all kinds of creative arts.
These types of interactive play are all important for a young child’s development and socialization.
A Love of Literacy
Expect lots and lots of reading in your child’s preschool classroom! Children will be given ample time to “read” independently, as well as plenty of group story times as a class. One of the most important aspects of language development for young children is being read to, so this will be a big part of an early learning center’s program structure.
Focus on Large and Fine Motor Skills
Our preschool program provides carefully curated learning centers for the development of both large and fine motor skills. Large motor skills can be worked on with lots of physical activity, such as playing with balls, climbing, crawling through tunnels, and working on balance. Fine motor skills will be sharpened with activities like stringing beads, assembling puzzles, or building towers with blocks or Legos.
Plenty of Time Outdoors
Time spent outdoors and away from screens is absolutely essential for early childhood development. Our preschool programs allow ample time for students to play outside, both in structured and unstructured settings. Many schools are including outdoor classroom space in their programs, making the outdoors an even more critical part of the day.
Immersion in the Sciences
Science in 4K looks a bit different than microscopes and laboratories. It might include planting a garden, taking care of a class pet, examining leaves and rocks, or going on an outdoor bug hunt. Science for a young child looks like exploring the natural world. An early learning center will help nurture a sense of curiosity and a desire for exploration in your little one.
If you’re still seeking the perfect preschool program for your child, why not schedule a visit to Bethesda Christian Schools today? We would be honored to meet you!