Supporting Your Child's Preschool Development

Early Childhood Screening | Registering for Kindergarten
Preschool Development
| State Requirements for Screening

Parents are their child's first and most important teachers. From the time your child was born, you have been busy every day teaching him/her how to do, talk, listen and understand their world. District 196 knows one of the most important predictors of kindergarten success is children's delight and curiosity in what is going on around them and with the people (both children and adults) who make up their world. As children are growing from age three to five, they should be learning to:

  • play with other children
  • share without too much difficulty
  • enjoy many different kinds of books, games and toys
  • keep themselves busy for short periods of time
  • tell about what they are doing
  • be curious abot what others are doing
  • show an awareness and concern for others, for example when people are happy, sad, scared, etc.

Parents can also help their child build useful skills by practicing:

  • zippers, buttons and shoelaces
  • using the toilet, flushing, washing and drying hands
  • using a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes
  • saying their first and last name and recognizing their name in print
  • using crayons, markers, pencils, glue and scissors
  • to put things away after using them

Does your child need more opportunities in any of the areas listed? If so, begin with the things he/she can already do and build on those. Like all learning, it takes time and practice!

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call Early Childhood Special Education at 952-423-8700.