Deciding what type of pre school to send your little one to can be daunting. The Internet is a great place to start and findananny has compiled a list of 30 great sites to to get you started on the process:
Different Preschool Methods and Philosophies
Parents encountering the need to choose a preschool for the first time may not realize that there are actually several different methods and philosophies subscribed to by various preschools. The curriculum that your child will be following is greatly influenced by these methods, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the options available to you. These five blog entries are dedicated to explaining and comparing the most popular preschool philosophies.
A 2011 article by the Wall Street Journal revealed that a high concentration of America’s successful innovators in their fields, the “creative elite,” attended Montessori schools during childhood. Emphasis on collaboration and self-directed learning free from grades or traditional tests are the hallmarks of the Montessori method, and are discussed thoroughly in these five blog posts.
The HighScope program focuses on “active participatory learning,” giving kids the chance to interact with ideas, objects, and people in a hands-on, personal way. A large part of the HighScope method is the emphasis on planning and reviewing, while encouraging independence and self-reliance.
Reggio Emilia Method
Much of the Reggio Emilia approach to early education is based around the theory that a child’s learning environment plays a significant role in how and what he learns. Under the Reggio Emilia approach, the classroom is called “the third teacher,” and is carefully designed for optimal learning and comfort. These five blogs explore the Reggio Emilia method.
Early childhood education under the Waldorf method is based on principles of imitation and example, providing children with guided play and productive work, and also encouraging imagination in young children. Nature, local traditions, and folklore also play a significant role in the Waldorf approach.
Finding the Best Fit
Whether you’re inspired by the imaginative approach favored by the Waldorf method or the beauty of Reggio Emilia learning spaces, it’s important to compare every aspect of each approach to determine which best suits your child’s needs. These five blog entries are dedicated solely to helping parents choose just the right preschool for their child, and are full of information on the subject.