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Preschool Opportunities for Four Year Old Children

 

For many children, preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. It's an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions, and begin the foundation for learning that will take place in Kindergarten.

As kindergarten becomes more academic, parents look to preschool to launch their child on the path to success in school. At the same time, parents may worry that the current trend to focus on pre-math and pre-literacy skills in preschool cuts into important play time and pushes a child to grow up too fast. This can be a confusing issue, especially with friends and family offering different opinions and advice.  Play is an important part of learning, for both academic and social development and is incorporated into the daily schedule.

A structured environment helps young children learn to make friends and play well with others. This doesn't mean there are lots of rules or that adults constantly direct children's activities. On the contrary, the structure of a high-quality preschool classroom is largely invisible to children. Classroom space is organized to encourage social interaction, and minimize congestion and conflicts, a skill that will help a child be ready for Kindergarten.

Throughout Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties there are several programs to enroll your child in preschool.  There are varying eligibility factors for enrollment.  For more information on enrolling your child, please call the Early Childhood Coordinator, Donna Wilber at the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, 906 575-3438, ext 303.

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