NEW LONDON - Why send a child to preschool when it is not required? This is a question asked by parents at New London Public Preschool.
There are several reasons, but the chance to interact with other children is the benefit of preschool in a nutshell. Interacting with other children means learning how to wait, how to take turns, and how to listen. In preschool young children learn to live in a classroom community, learn to follow a routine, and to get along with people who are not their relatives.
Bottom line, kindergarten teachers notice when a child is able to sit and listen to directions, sit quietly and read or look at pictures/books and take turns. It is much easier for a child to have this piece of behavior resolved as he or she enters kindergarten.
Other benefits include learning basic knowledge. New London Public Preschool teaches the basics like the alphabet, numbers, colors, days of the week, and more. If your child has these basics when he enters kindergarten then he or she will have more confidence. Another benefit of children who attend preschool is that they get over their separation anxiety earlier or at least reduce it significantly. If your child is accustomed to being with you all day long every day and you just all of a sudden drop him off at school for an entire day he or she may have some serious crying and tantrum fits and a big case of separation anxiety. However, if your child attends preschool and gradually learns that when you drop him/her off that you will return he/she will understand he/she is not being abandoned and can have fun at school.
The preschool program runs Monday through Thursday, with occasional Friday classes. There is an a.m. class from 8 to 11 or a p.m. class from noon to 3. Teachers are licensed teachers through the Ohio Department of Education and hold master's degrees in early childhood education. Curriculum is aligned with the Ohio Department of Education standards and introduces concepts in mathematics, reading and literacy, social studies and science. The school also provides many different field trips, library visits and numerous opportunities for parents to become involved in their child's public school education.
The school is accepting applications for the 2007-2008 school year. Children 3 and 4 years old are encouraged to apply. Tuition is based on income on a sliding fee scale. Call (419) 929-8191 and leave a message or call (419) 433-6343 and ask to speak to Tammy to have an application mailed.