From 30 months to 3 years, your little toddler transforms into a preschooler. These preschool years from 3-5 allow your child to spread his wings socially and physically. He can move around without your help. He can feed himself, even though it can be quite messy. With your guidance, preschoolers develop into bright learners who are ready to take the next step into school.

Starting Preschool

The value of early childhood education is often understated. Children in preschool learn the social, physical and emotional skills they need to succeed in school. Preschools vary in their teaching styles and you want to choose one that matches your child’s learning style. The best way to do this is to visit preschools with your child. Here are some preschools in the area you may want to contact.

Your Preschooler’s Brain is a Sponge

Turn those pages, move that body, climb that thing. That is the rule of preschool brains. They’ve been watching you and storing information. Now it’s time to use all that knowledge. Your preschooler makes sense of the world by observing and repeating. This is a great time for reading, drawing, writing, and learning. You can tap into her almost boundless energy and fill her days with visits to the library, children’s museums, arts and crafts events, farms and zoos, and playgrounds. This is a time to double up on your early literacy efforts by reading side by side with her so she can explore pages with you. These are the peak years of bedtime and bath time stories. Keep her interacting with other preschoolers as much as possible. Her social development is a core part of her growing brain. The blossoming of her social skills during these years is rivaled only by what happens in middle and high school. You’re raising a bright, sociable child.

Staying Healthy

Dr. Moemeka will see your preschooler for 3 health maintenance visits, the last one right before or during his kindergarten year. He will get vaccines right before kindergarten to protect against serious diseases. These health maintenance visits will be similar to those for younger children, where there is a lot of focus on healthy growth and development. It’s important that your preschooler continues to take at least one nap during the day, and that he sleeps uninterrupted at night. That means no screens in the bedroom. Eating fruits and vegetables throughout the day in foods like smoothies, yogurt, soups and pasta helps to round out his diet. Of course, your preschooler needs no help being active! Encourage safe play. Call Dr. Moemeka at 972-325-2005 if you have any questions or concerns about keeping your preschooler healthy. Don’t forget to take care of yourself! Eating right, getting exercise, being social and getting enough sleep is good for grown-ups too.

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