A Preschool student may either be retained or promoted from preschool depending on what is best for them and their future education. Being retained means that a child would most benefit from a repeated year of preschool rather than advancing to kindergarten… but there’s a lot more to it than just whether a child goes to kindergarten or not.
Here’s what it means to “be promoted” and graduate preschool.
Graduating preschool means that your child has spent the last year or two of their lives growing in a lot of developmental ways. Preschooler’s are beginning to understand the concept of language, and math…and have been using their newly developed reasoning skills to explore all aspects of the world.
Though it has looked like a bunch of arts and crafts, playing with blocks, and listening to stories…these activities and the many other fun activities your preschooler has been doing, are creating a love of learning in your child while building these important developmental skills:
- Problem solving
SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
For your child, graduating preschool means a sense of accomplishment and pride. Celebrating a child’s accomplishments early in life can create positive associations towards school, and instill motivation for the future. This is the first big milestone in your child’s education, and every milestone a child reaches is important.
When your child walks across the stage and receives their diploma, people clap and cheer for their success, and for the first time they see an entire community supporting their academic accomplishments. Knowing you have the support of so many people can be a huge motivation to continue to succeed.
TIME TO CELEBRATE
Now it’s time to make sure your preschooler knows how proud you are! Without your continued support, their sense of pride may quickly fade. Make sure they stay motivated and ready for kindergarten by making their big day even more special.
Check out our article HOW TO CELEBRATE YOUR CHILD’S PRESCHOOL GRADUATION for ideas to make your child’s graduation extra special, even if they’re homeschooled. Of course, the celebration shouldn’t stop once the party is over. Make sure your child knows how proud you are every day by simply telling them.
YOU NOW HAVE A KINDERGARTENER
Congratulations to you as well! You were a big part of getting your preschooler through their first school experience, whether you homeschooled or drove your child to school every day, you saw the value in their education and now so will they.
Going into kindergarten your child will need the same love and support you’ve been providing. If you want to make the most out of your summer, check out our article KINDERGARTEN READINESS ACTIVITIES TO PREPARE YOUR PRESCHOOLER for a ton of fun ways to keep building on your child’s skills.