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Three Traits of a Quality Two-Year-Old Preschool Program

Nov 29, 2017 09:35AM ● By The Hood Magazine

By: Megan Baedke, Sioux Falls Lutheran School

The concept of sending a two-year-old to preschool may sound silly to some parents. However, a program that transforms standard childcare into intentional, age-appropriate instruction can have a profound impact on your child’s future educational experiences. Here are three things to look for when searching for a quality preschool program for your toddler.

1. Flexibility

This important life skill is essential when dealing with two-year-olds. Let’s face it – sometimes schedules are going to get a little off track – and that’s okay! Find a program with flexible teachers who are patient with kids who need a few extra minutes to get the wiggles out before settling in for music or story time. In addition to making your child’s transition easy, flexible instructors also teach kids to be flexible with one another.

2. Play-based Instruction

Search for a program that nurtures your child’s innate curiosity with the goal of sustaining that passion for learning long-term. Teachers who begin the learning process with play are able to hone in on specific student interests and use those topics as teaching tools to refine foundational academic skills like color identification, counting, language, and fine and gross motor skill development.

3. Social Learning Opportunities

Like academics, social skills are best developed through play. Find a program that sets aside ample time for play while simultaneously introducing techniques to help children learn how to make new friends, cooperate with others, channel emotions, and use manners. These “soft skills” will come in handy throughout your child’s future in school, as they build relationships, and when they enter the workplace someday. 

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