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Preschoolers & Kindergartners What a fun time in life! Time to learn 123's and ABC's. At the same time, they're leaving that babyhood we'll miss so much!

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Old 05-17-2003, 06:34 AM
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I'm a special ed schoolbus driver for a preschool program. I'm also a mother of a teenage ADHD child, God-Mother to 9 other children and known as "the Grandma Lady". I've both volunteered in the school system and worked as an employee. When my son was going into K the only option I had was every other day. This was not a good choice. I believe children who have a hard time settling down into the classroom situation do so much better if it is a routine. The teachers who instruct the half day programs keep the cirriculum moving and the children very quickly settle into what they are supposed to do without being overwhelmed or bored! Full day programs often include a nap time (which can be done at home) and free play wihich does help with socializing, but that can be planned at home too. I also learned that educating my child is not just up to the school. You have to be active in the entire program. You, as the parent, are responsible to reinforce what they are learning, monitor the content, and assist in making a plan if your child is having difficulty. Never, ever let a school or anyone for that matter have all the influence in one area when it comes to your child. If you choose the half day program, talk to your child he will be your best gauge for the program. Talk often with the teachers and don't forget to praise them for their efforts. Most of all just do it all lovingly and your child will excel!
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