I recently stumbled upon a quote by Albert Einstein that really put things in perspective for me regarding the work we do at Preschool Readers. This then led to me down the rabbit hole of the internet… reading as many of his quotes on education and learning as I could find.
And in the end, I came up with my very own equation. Forget E=Mc2. I suggest:
Einstein + Preschool Readers= Awesomeness!
Not sure how you feel about my equation? Below you’ll find quite the correlation between Einstein’s philosophy on education and the awesome work we do at Preschool Readers ;)
Actually, I’ll let our parents toot about our *amazing* reading specialists for me... “The value of your & your girls is literally priceless (Nolen has learned SO much in such a short timeframe)."
“We love Michelle and are so happy with your program. Ruby is excited to read and always looks forward to her reading days with Michelle.”
“It has been such a pleasure and privilege to be working with Ashton. Ethanresponds really well to her and looks forward to his visits with her.”
“Ashton has been so fabulous and Ethan has a great connection with her.”
“Delaney loves Michelle and is having a great time!”
“Devon wanted to do his lesson "in a fort" today. So Michelle climbed under the table with him and carried on.”
“Anthony loves you guys.”
“Elizabeth loves Michelle and is begging for her to come.”
I couldn't have said it better! These girls are caring, fun, patient, creative, high energy, motivating, and extremely positive! But they are also well- educated, highly qualified, and experienced in the field of early literacy development.
And each week they demonstrate a wonderful enthusiasm for working with our Preschool Readers students.
You may have heard that 90% of a child’s brain development happens before age 5.
In an article in The Atlantic, entitledThe Underestimation of America's Preschool Teachers, Marcy Whitebook, the director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, states that 'existing brain science backs up what educators could only theorize in the 1970s: The first five years of a child’s life are key to their overall brain development. What children learn before age 5—both academic skills like critical thinking and social skills like taking turns—sets the stage for the rest of their lives.
But, the single most important element in capitalizing on that crucial window is who provides education in those years. Caring for young children can’t be separated from teaching them, Whitebook said. Without the caring, little learning can take place.
In fact, brain science shows that this combination of caring and educating must go hand in hand for this age group. While a 14-year-old might manage to learn something about the Constitution from a social-studies teacher he doesn’t like, a 4-year-old is incapable of learning much from an adult he does not trust.’
My first day of preschool wasn’t easy. It wasn’t for my sister either.
With 15 months between us, I was the first to go to school.
Rocking back and forth in a fetal position on the front porch she sobbed as my mom and I drove away from the house.
(we were inseparable)
It’s not easy for most preschoolers. Once in the classroom, to help comfort me, my mom put her watch on my wrist.
“When the big hand gets here, I’ll be back to pick you up.”
I was instantly at ease. But it doesn’t have to be so hard.
Check out these 4 tips for a successful transition into preschool provided by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Babies.
Read books about preschool. Talk about the story and how the characters are feeling. Ask how your child is feeling. My all time favorite? The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn (video). Check out our Pinterest page for more book suggestions.
Use pretend play to explore the idea of preschool. Take turns being the parent, child & teacher. Act out common daily routines, such as saying goodbye to mommy and/or daddy, taking off your coat, singing songs, reading stories, having circle time, playing outside, and taking naps.
My suggestion? Include siblings in this one (my sister would have appreciated it)!
Make a game out of practicing self-help skills. Skills like unzipping her coat, hanging her coat on a hook, putting on her backpack, fastening shoes and sitting “criss-cross applesauce."
Play at your new preschool. Tour the school and play on the playground a few times. Be sure to meet the teacher!