Q. Besides academics, what should I look for in a preschool for my child?
A. I always tell parents to trust their gut! You know your child better than anyone else. When touring a school, keep your child in mind and visualize them in the classroom. Do children seem to flow around the room, working independently and in small groups? Do teachers speak quietly and on the child’s level. When you enter the room, do you hear a low hum of activity of busy children? Look for an environment that strives for a balance of freedom within boundaries. Children should be able to explore their limits, but also understand expectations and stay curious. Too much freedom can create chaos and make children feel scattered, unfocused and insecure. Look for a classroom that embraces the individual and provides a developmentally appropriate atmosphere.
Tracey Reinhart \ Head of School \ Montessori Episcopal School \ www.montessoriepiscopal.com