What should the preschool teacher know about your child? If your child is starting their first early education experience, take a look at the important information that can help their teacher to make the most of the pre-k school day.
Is your child naturally shy? Or are they open and outgoing? It's perfectly normal for a preschooler to act quiet or anxious on the first few days of school. Those first-day jitters can mask your child's personality. If your child's true traits aren't obvious right away, help the teacher understand what to expect.
Are you worried that your preschooler isn't where they should be when it comes to physical, social, emotional, or cognitive development? If so, tell the teacher. Slight deviation or lag from developmental norms doesn't always indicate an issue.
The pre-k educator can help you to better understand where your child is in comparison to age-related expectations. If there is a delay, the teacher can recommend a strategy or refer you to a specialist for help.
Did you just have a new baby? Whether there's a new addition to the family, a recent divorce, or another significant change, the teacher needs to know about it. Changes in family life can lead to changes in the child's behavior. If your child is suddenly sad or tantrum-prone following a major change, the teacher needs to know why.
Is your child an art enthusiast, music lover, or block-building aficionado? Understanding your child's interests can help the teacher to focus activities and lessons, creating a classroom environment that includes everyone's favorites.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Along with interests, the teacher needs to know where you feel your child's strengths and weaknesses lie. This helps the educator to plan ahead, developing goals for your child's learning and development.
If this isn't your child's first time at a private preschool, fill the teacher in on how the last pre-k or daycare program went. This includes providing information on specific activities your child enjoyed, notes from their former teacher, issues or problems your child had, the schedule your child is used to (this can help explain current difficulties adjusting to the change), and any other items you feel are important to share.
Starting a new preschool program is an exciting time that's filled with adventure. But it's also a time when parents and children may feel anxious. From family changes to what they're interested in, providing information to the teacher can smooth the transition for everyone involved.