Looking ahead to your child starting kindergarten is the moment in parenting when you first catch a glimpse of time's boomerang headed right back at you—and fast!All those tiny steps and little moments in the long days (but short years) of baby and preschool parenting are.... read more
Kindergarten is a special year, and an important year. It is a child’s introduction to “real school,” as my kids call it (versus preschool), and sets the tone for the years ahead. The most important goal in the kindergarten year is for a child to learn to love school. Ma.... read more
As the new year turns, parents of four and five-year-old preschoolers are looking back and looking forward and thinking: can it be that there is only half a year of preschool left? And then we're onto...kindergarten?!And each one of us is also thinking: is my child ready for t.... read more
Preschool tours offer wonderful opportunities to learn about prospective preschools. Often you can meet the director of the school, see classes in progress, and meet members of the parent community. But, as is the case with so many things in life, what you see may not be wha.... read more
Of the many dilemmas that come with choosing a preschool, the question of schedules is one of the most vexing. You may know what kind of philosophy or community you prefer, and everyone has an ideal location in mind, but schedule?What is the optimal preschool schedule for a tw.... read more
Even four and a half years later, I am still somewhat embarrassed to admit that my preschool search began while my son was still in utero. I never thought I would be one of those parents who obsessed about every detail of their child's lives, and for the most part I think I h.... read more
Becoming a parent involves a lot of learning. In the early days, we learn about nap schedules and swaddling and making baby food. In the toddler years, we study up on child-proofing equipment, managing tantrums, and potty-training. Come the preschool years, we're starti.... read more
Let's start by acknowledging that in many places, the very idea of a "preschool application" is a foreign concept. You find out about a couple of good preschools nearby, give a call or drop by, get your child signed up, and there you have it. Doesn't that sound great?Sadl.... read more
Decision time, traditionally the time frame when college-bound high schoolers learn their admissions fate and then must select a college to attend, has now claimed a new group—preschool parents who are competing to get their children admitted to preschools in cities across t.... read more
Meeting with your child's preschool teacher during the fall parent-teacher conferences is a valuable opportunity. Be sure to make the most of it by thinking in advance about what kinds of questions you want to ask. Here are ten suggestions.... Let us know what other question.... read more
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