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How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child: The Ultimate Guide to Finding, Getting Into, and Preparing for Nursery School Paperback – August 1, 2010
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""The subtitle of Jenifer Wana's preschool primer says it all: "The Ultimate Guide to Finding, Getting Into, and Preparing for Nursery School." Type A moms everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief because How To Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child (Sourcebooks, $14.99, 256 pages, ISBN 9781402242083) will save you loads of time navigating essays, interviews, applications and recommendation letters."" - BookPage
""How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child: The Ultimate Guide to Finding, Getting Into, and Preparing for Nursery tells parents everything from criteria for choosing a preschool to preparing for admission interviews, as well as advice on applying to competitive preschools, including writing essays, soliciting recommendations and getting off the waiting list."" - Mom Most Traveled
""An invaluable resource for those that are entering the world of preschool"" - Preschool Playbook
""This is a wonderful resource for parents to help them start on this journey and process with their child."" - Plus Size Mommy
""Simple, sensible and sequential, the book is your one-stop shop for preschool time."" - Mom Writes
""I consider How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child the most comprehensive guidebook for parents looking to send their child to preschool."" - Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest
""This book is a great resource for any parent of a toddler getting ready to embark on the road to preschool."" - Katie Talks About
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The 15 chapters can be divided into three parts:
1) The first contains a wealth of information on how to choose a preschool that is a "good fit" for your child. It includes a primer on the benefits of preschool and deciding when your child is ready and what the appropriate age is to enroll her, an admissions timeline, descriptions of the different preschool philosophies, a list of preschool criteria from teacher-student ratio to the transition policy at the beginning of the school year, and what is critical to observe on a school tour. The book even gives you a pretty comprehensive checklist of over 50 questions to consider asking schools. Some were obvious like is lunch included in the tuition, but there were other questions there that I would not have thought to ask (for example, if your kid is outgrowing her nap, does she still have to lie down on the mat for naptime or can she play quietly in the classroom?).Read more ›
Now instead of simply following friends' recommendations (which were usually the big "brand name" programs with long waiting lists), with this book I have the framework to tailor my search for my daughter's specific needs and interests. I am sure this will save me a lot of time and money visiting and paying application fees for preschools that don't work for us.
This book walks parents through the process of identifying what characteristics to look for in a preschool program. It made me realize that my daughter, for instance, might do well in a program that was not too structured and gave her an opportunity to socialize a lot with other kids. The book also helped me realize that I valued a preschool with optional afterschool classes like soccer, gymnastics, etc. since as a single working mom I can't drive her to outside activities in the afternoons.
Overall, it provided a great framework for sifting through all the preschools in our town to find the ones I would be most comfortable sending my daughter to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While this book covers the complete process from what to do before applying to what to do after you're accepted, there is no data here. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Gregory
Jen Wana's "How to Chose the Best Preschool for Your Child" is an extremely helpful, insightful and organized book. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Deborah
This book is aimed at people who are already a bit polished and savvy, I think. I found it pretty general, and I need more detail. Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by Patricia J.
The book was very useful to me in several ways - As a first time parent, I had no idea when/how/what/where to begin when it came to thinking about preschools, and the book laid... Read morePublished on October 23, 2010 by shokise
As new parents, my wife & I have worried about choosing & paying for the right preschool for our son. It's a big step. We had no idea what to look for. Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by JASON R HUIE
I have an 11-month-old baby and have recently begun to explore preschool options. A friend recommended How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child, and reading this changed me... Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by rdy
When I first saw this book, I was worried it would be aimed only to those living in a big city with a competitive preschool process. Boy was I wrong! Read morePublished on September 28, 2010 by Karen K. Shea
This book guided me in evaluating the preschools that my husband and I are considering, and now I have a list of questions just in time for the preschool interviews. Read morePublished on September 1, 2010 by L.Valenzuela
Applying to preschools is a more complex and daunting task than I imagined. There are waiting lists, open houses, playdates, recommendations and other human factors involved. Read morePublished on August 30, 2010 by Marisa