ERIC Number: ED422131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Preschool for Parents: What Every Parent Needs To Know about Preschool.
Dodge, Diane Trister; Bickart, Toni S.
Noting that a high-quality preschool program is one that promotes learning through rich play experiences, this book gives parents information needed to select the right preschool for their children. Chapter 1, "Thinking about Preschool," discusses questions parents ask, practical considerations, beginning the search, and the screening phone call. Chapter 2, "First Things First," discusses safety, health, staff, and what to look for during a visit. Chapter 3, "Play Is Children's Work," explores learning through play, brain research, multiple intelligences, and emotional intelligence. Chapter 4, "Structure--Every Child Needs It," discusses the preschool physical environment, how a day is organized, 2-year-olds, and what to look for during a visit. Chapters 5 through 11 explore the development of different skills and subject areas at school and at home, including social and emotional skills, physical skills, reading and writing, mathematical relationships, science, social studies, and the arts. Chapter 12, "Thinking Ahead to Kindergarten," describes what kindergarten will be like, kindergarten readiness, and becoming an advocate for a child's education. The book's appendices are: (1) "Understanding the Preschool Child"; (2) "Special Needs and Inclusion"; (3) "Checklists," which includes questions to ask in a screening phone call and during visits; (4) "For Further Reading," which includes 17 references; (5) "National Organizations and Information Clearinghouses"; and (6) "World Wide Web Sites." (LPP)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Early Experience, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Kindergarten, Multiple Intelligences, Play, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Preschool Evaluation, Preschool Teachers, Primary Education, Program Evaluation, Safety, School Choice, School Readiness, Skill Development, Toddlers
Teaching Strategies, Inc., P.O. Box 42243, Washington, DC 20015; phone: 800-637-3652; fax: 202-364-7273 (Item No. C80009, $12.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: "Contributing author: Cynthia Scherr."