“Is my child ready for elementary school?” If you’re the parent of a young child, or children, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question. In today’s world, we want to make sure that we’re giving our children every advantage and opportunity that we can. And that means ensuring that their education begins early—and gets off to the right start.
So how do you choose a preschool? There are many factors to consider, so you want to weigh your options carefully and make sure that you’re making the best decision for your family.
- Curriculum and learning experiences
- Building safety and security
- Physical fitness, indoor and outdoor activity
- Healthy food selections
- Extracurricular learning opportunities
- Communication with families
In addition to being prepared for elementary school, we want our children to be ready to face the challenges of life and the ever-changing world around them. Today’s kids would benefit from being entrepreneurial and adaptable. They need to be makers and doers, not just thinkers.
That’s why many schools are embracing the STEAM philosophy (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math). This educational approach is defined by project-based learning and integration of the arts and sciences. Project-based learning connects academic skills to practical application, so learning is meaningful to children’s lives.
Also, collaboration and communication enhance social and emotional development. STEAM learning stimulates innovation, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. It encourages children to think about what they’re learning in a more connected, holistic way.
Through STEAM, children develop the skills and attributes to navigate the world around them.
- Science nurtures inquisitive minds and inspires curiosity
- Technology encourages working with tools (both digital and otherwise)
- Engineering promotes problem-solving skills
- The Arts help children express ideas and communicate
- Math guides children to apply logic and understanding to systems
This fall, the city of Arlington will be getting its own STEAM preschool to educate future leaders and innovators. Everbrook Academy, with the newest location opening in the Crystal City neighborhood across from the Boeing Building, is a 21st century preschool, providing enhanced learning experiences in their programs for infants, toddlers, Preschool, and Pre-Kindergarten.
You can learn more about this school, opening in September at 201 12th St. South, by visiting EverbrookAcademy.com or by calling (571) 344-3589 to schedule an appointment.