Ready to LEARN
by Beth Hewitt | Reprinted from COLUMNS Magazine
As the Director of the Weekday School, I am literally counting the days until preschool year begins. Why? Because I believe preschool is perhaps one of the most magical seasons of life for a child and a family. Part of the magic is because of the “pre” in “preschool.” It is the time before formal schooling begins, before tests, before homework, before grades. It is a grace-filled season that gives children time to practice and prepare to be away from mom and dad, to cooperate and take turns with friends, and to acclimate to learning in a structured, group environment.
The beginning of school for parents, however, can be filled with anxiety. “Is my child ready?” “Will my child have friends?” “How will my child behave?” Today’s educational culture can feed this anxiety. Elevated kindergarten expectations, screenings and testings add to the pressure parents already feel to ensure their children are ready for school. If we are not cautious as parents and educators, preschool can morph into pushing and pressuring children, fearing that they will be lacking in some important way.
A BIBLICAL FOUNDATION
While there are meaningful school readiness skills that children need, embracing a Biblical foundation for early education is wise. Scripture teaches us that God creates each child in a unique and wonderful way.
This means that children learn, grow and develop at their own God-ordained pace.
Our role is to support, to nurture, to discipline and to trust God to bring about the growth and development of our children. In I Corinthians 3:6, Paul gives this description of discipleship and growth: “I (Paul) planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”
Growth is God’s job. Our job is to plant and water and trust God with all the rest.
Want to learn specific things you can do to prepare your child for preschool? Visit our Weekday School website for easy and age-appropriate ideas.
Beth Hewitt is the Director of Weekday School, a Christian preschool serving children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years, and a ministry of First Pres established in 1950. Email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.