If you only saw how eager the little boy was when his Kuya Zach took entrance exams for preschool. I think he thought it's like in child care at church where we leave them to the teacher and they sing, write or do coloring activities.
He asked for a pencil and paper from me and sat at the empty armchair seat beside his Kuya. He looked so eager doodling and wasn't shy to go to the teacher asking for a crayon when he saw her holding them.
Amused, I texted my Mama about it and she replied, "Do enroll him too." Not yet. Our budget isn't ready. I don't think Gabe's ready too. For one, he's not completely potty-trained yet. Some schools accept preschool as early as 2 1/2 years old but it still depends on the child's developments. Here are some of the pointers you might want to look into from babycenter.com:
How Do You Know If Your Child's Ready for Preschool?
Every toddler wants to practice their independence as much as they could. But going to pre-school, the child needs to be able to do the basic skills on their own like being potty-trained (see, Gabe's not ready yet), can wash hands, eat without being assisted, or sleep alone.
Has he spent time away from you? Kids who are left with caregivers has lesser problems of being separated from the mommies during preschool. Maybe now is the time to get him used to be separated from you. Let him be away from you sometime and spend the day with grandma, or your sister with kids. During the class, you may also drop your child off in school and gradually decrease the time of your stay until he gets used to the environment.
Your child needs to have concentration in doing individual task like arts and crafts, where they will be involved in during preschool. If your child can focus in building things through blocks, clay or can draw at home then your child is a good candidate for preschool.
Aside from individual tasks your child also needs to be able to participate in a group. Not only does he need to interact but be able to sit still, sing songs or listen to stories.
Doing the same things at the same time each day helps the children to feel comfortable, confident and secured. School life would be hard without following a schedule.
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