Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is officially underway! Here, you will find all the information you need to get your little one ready for preschool.
I can’t believe the current school year is almost at an end, and the time for enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year is upon us!
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to schedule a tour and meet some of our wonderful teachers, get detailed information about our classrooms and curriculum, and see our beautiful campus. I will be glad to address any of your questions and concerns during your tour. You will also be able to pick up an enrollment packet to fill out to register your child. Additional information about registration, fees, and attendance can be found here.
Methodist Preschool offers current students the first spots on the class rosters. Please be aware that enrollment is limited in some classes, and a waiting list will be available if classes reach maximum capacity. Current families will need to make sure that they submit their Intent to Return form (orange form sent home last week) and the holding fee, to ensure their child will have a place on the fall class rosters. After June 1st, new enrollees will be given spots on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Parents will need to provide a small amount of supplies for the school year. Some of the supplies will be shared by the class (paper towels, tissue boxes) and others will be personal and used only for your child (diapers, nap mats). Supply lists will be available in July for the fall semester and again in December for the spring semester. Students will also need a (decent size) bag or backpack to hold extra clothing and their daily folder, as well as a lunch box. All personal items will need to be labeled with their name and last initial. More information on school supply lists and personal items to bring to school will be posted in July.
Now let’s talk about preparing for preschool! Children grow and develop at their own pace, so having a one-size-fits-all mentality on getting ready for preschool simply does not work. The children do not have to be at a certain academic level or be able to perform any required skills when they come to us. Teachers passionately work with each child to help him or her grow and accomplish their next set of goals. But there is so much you can do to prepare for this next big step.
The best thing you can do to get your child ready for preschool is to talk about it! Children are often afraid of the unknown. (Isn’t everyone?) When something is familiar, it is easier to navigate. Talk about the things they will do, the teachers that will love them, and the other children who they will play with. Talking about preschool may help them address their fears of being left in a “scary” place with “strange” people. So talk with them about how they will stay there while you leave for a little while. Reassure them that you will be back to get them after a day of fun things! Another helpful strategy is to bring your child with you any time you are visiting the school. Your tour will provide an excellent opportunity to introduce your child to the preschool environment. Other great times are when you are returning paperwork or attending Open House.
This year, Open house will be in August (date and time TBA). You will be able to visit with your child’s teacher, meet other parents, and get a lot of important information for the school year. Your child will get to play with new friends and familiarize himself with the classroom. You may also bring your child’s school supplies during this time.
I will continue to post back-to-school information as the new school year approaches. Please check back frequently for any updates on enrollment, waiting lists, classroom supply lists, and events.
Thank you for your continued support of your children and our preschool!