To conclude our discussion on what to look for when searching for preschools, I would highly encourage looking for a preschool that encourages outdoor play. We often assume learning occurs inside the classroom, but it’s been my experience that so much learning occurs in the most natural environment – outside. By being outside playing, children can develop social skills, problem solving skills, and cooperative play. Look for structures outside that are appropriate for your child’s size (smaller steps, railings, ramps, etc.). Look for an open space so that children can move (run, play chase, dance, ride tricycles, push wagons), look for space for children to explore (dig, collect). For me, the outdoor space is just as important as the indoor space. This has been a great topic all initiated because of a parent question.
Keep those questions coming!
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist