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Will My Child Be Ready for Elementary School?

More and more parents are recognizing the importance of enrolling their children in preschool to help them develop the right foundation for success in elementary school and beyond.

More and more parents are recognizing the importance of enrolling their children in preschool to help them develop the right foundation for success in elementary school and beyond. The best programs go beyond helping children master basic academic skills by supporting their development as happy, confident, well-rounded individuals.

Research shows that from birth to age 5, changes and growth in all areas of development are rapid. Children form strong neural connections during this time as a result of experiences they have with everyone and everything they encounter. The quality of those early interactions determines how children continue to learn and form relationships, which strongly influences their future success and happiness.

“Informed parents look for preschool, pre-K and kindergarten programs that take a balanced approach to developing motor, social-emotional, creative and academic skills,” said Dr. Mary Zurn, vice president of education for Primrose Schools. “It takes quality instruction, a well-rounded curriculum and a positive teacher relationship to prepare a child to succeed.”

• Academics: It’s important to go beyond concentrating only on basic math and reading skills. Academic success is not just about memorization – it requires learning how to think critically, use mathematical concepts, express curiosity and develop competence in all language skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing.

• Technology: In today’s technology-rich world, children need to have a grasp on technology as a tool for creative expression and problem solving. Computers equipped with developmentally-appropriate educational software and online resources should be integrated into the classroom.

• Physical Development: Children who participate in daily physical activity develop basic motor skills like throwing, jumping and balance that help them become healthy adults. Physical activity also creates neural connections that support academic achievement.

• Music and Art: Young children naturally engage in “art” or spontaneous, creative play, but when educators involve children in music and art activities regularly from an early age, they are also promoting cognitive and emotional development.

• Social-Emotional Development: Preschool programs should focus on supporting the development of social and life skills, as well as executive function, which has received a lot of attention lately from researchers who say that it will help your child establish positive relationships and make a successful transition to elementary school.

Will your child be ready to enter elementary school? Selecting the right child care or preschool program is a critical step in helping your child succeed. Plan to tour schools at least one year in advance so you have plenty of time to apply and enroll your child. To learn more about Primrose School of Five Forks, visit us at 3030 River Drive in Lawrenceville or call 770.985.0028.

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Kenneth Stepp January 28, 2013 at 11:34 PM
We sent ours to Readiness instead of the 1st grade. They are now in the 10th and 11th grade. Best decision about school we could have made. And we get to keep them an extra year. They have done very well in School and I believe Readiness is a big reason. That and Collins hill.
Primrose School of Five Forks January 29, 2013 at 01:59 PM
It's so great to hear your children are thriving in their environment. It sounds like your children had a great foundation for future learning along with strong family support.
Kenneth Stepp January 29, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Primrose We do our best. My son just became an Eagle Scout, and my daughter is about to earn her Gold Scout award. They are both athletic, smart, and creative. Allowing them to make their own decisions to a point, and then letting them feel the pain from those decisions has been very helpful. Of my 5, these are the last two at home. I'm not looking forward to an empty nest. They are the center of our lives for so long, and then they are gone. But we enjoy the time we have.
Primrose School of Five Forks January 29, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Congratulations to you and your children for those awesome achievements. Enjoy all of the time with them that you can!

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