When your child reaches preschool age, you may feel overwhelmed with how quickly they have grown and the prospects of what lies ahead for them. One of the events that could be in your child's immediate future is preschool. Preschool is an important step in your life as a parent as well as in your young child's life. It may be their first experience with a fairly large group of their peers, and it will likely also be their first school-like experience.
Going to preschool can help shape the person your child will become. However, you might be unsure of whether you should send your child to a public or private preschool. Get to know some of the reasons you may want to choose a private preschool, and then you can be sure to make the right educational decision for your child.
Private Preschools Offer Smaller Child-to-Teacher Ratios
One of the greatest benefits of private preschool programs over those offered by public schools is that private preschools are usually able to maintain smaller child-to-teacher ratios. This means that each teacher will be responsible for fewer children in the classroom, and your child will get a great deal more individual instruction and attention.
Children benefit a great deal from more one-on-one time with teachers. Additionally, when class sizes are smaller for teachers, they are often more focused and in control. This makes them better able to teach effectively and develop fun and interesting lesson plans for the children they are working with. All in all, there are a great many positive effects of having a low child-to-teacher ratio.
Private Preschools Have More Flexibility in Curriculum Development
Public preschools are often restricted by certain state and federal education requirements as well as the regulations developed by the individual school district. This helps to create uniform curriculum and incorporates well with the K-12 curriculum and educational style. While there are some benefits to this type of uniformity, not all preschool-aged children respond well to the style of public preschool.
When you choose a private preschool, you will have options in terms of educational approach and teaching styles. For example, play-based preschool involves few if any school-based activities and lessons. Instead, the children learn by playing (both free play and directed play) and interacting with the world. Another private preschool option is a religious-based curriculum in which much of the teaching focuses on religious stories and moral lessons. There are also other approaches like Montessori, Waldorf, and project-based preschools.
Now that you know some of the reasons to choose a private preschool, you can be sure you choose the right type of preschool for your child.