Choosing a preschool is a big decision. So, how does one decide? Although there are huge differences between preschools, you can make an informed decision once you identify what is really important in a preschool.
You’ll likely want the preschool to be clean and safe—but that’s just the beginning. If you’re looking for an effective preschool, you’ll need one that:
How do you know if a preschool meets these criteria? The best way is by visiting the campus. There, you can ask questions in person and see for yourself how the school measures up.
When you visit a Challenger preschool, you’ll find that we meet all the key criteria. We welcome your desire to be a well-informed, discerning parent. To make the best decision for your child, we hope you’ll ask difficult questions like the following so we can demonstrate what makes Challenger stand out from the rest:
When should a child start preschool?
Children love to learn, and very young children are especially eager to learn to read and write. Challenger understands brain development, and we know that the first five years of a child’s life provide a crucial window of opportunity for establishing foundational language and numerical concepts. For those reasons, we encourage parents to start children early, and we welcome children into our programs as young as 2 years, 9 months (or 3 years old, in some states). Preschool is a good time for children to start learning how to interact with other people (not screens), and Challenger realizes the importance of giving children the opportunity to learn to play and cooperate with peers.
What do you teach students?
How do you teach the curriculum?
We know that in order to capture a child’s interest, teaching has to be intellectually stimulating, fun, and exciting. We use music to help subjects “come alive.” Additionally, we are committed to instruction that is logical and technically correct.
At Challenger School, our teachers master the techniques that keep learning enjoyable while providing worthwhile educational experiences for children. We design lessons that capitalize on students’ current interests and aptitudes, and we engage them with music and singing, rhythm and movement, games and dramas.
We also help preschoolers understand why the concepts they are learning matter. For example, once preschoolers learn the five letters that Challenger introduces first, they realize that they can read words! This excitement fuels their desire to learn even more. That is the power found in Challenger’s conceptual teaching methods, and it is far more effective than memorizing endless lists of letters that have no connections or integration to the students’ lives.
To keep children motivated, we stay on the edge of their abilities. The name Challenger was chosen carefully—we take students from where they are, challenge them with achievable steps, make it fun, and foster the joy of achievement.
How do you assess student progress?
At Challenger, we begin by evaluating what each student already knows. After the beginning-of-the-year survey, we follow up during the year and at the end of the year to communicate and demonstrate the measure of each student’s progress.
More importantly, teachers constantly evaluate student comprehension through their daily face-to-face, in-person classroom interactions and activities to ensure students are learning (a great advantage over on-screen instruction/evaluations).
Why Challenger School?
For over 50 years, Challenger has been a leader in effective preschool education. We have helped hundreds of thousands of children learn to read, think for themselves, and recognize their self-worth—all while developing confidence and a love for learning. Yes, Challenger preschool can do all that!
For parents who need child care during the workday, Challenger’s 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule provides much more than day care. We provide an excellent academic foundation—a worthwhile investment— that combines fun, learning, and care.
Check out other preschools, and then stop by a Challenger campus near you. Bring your child and come during school hours so you can see the Challenger difference—the undeniable excitement, focus, fun, and achievement—for yourself.
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