- Middle School
- Summer Camps
I would like to create an objective way to measure whether preschool has enough “adult involvement” to adequately manage the endless amounts of time and energy that go into handling the administrative affairs so that teachers can be engaged with intense “adult interaction” with each preschooler.
Define: “adult involvement” INHIBITORS can limit a high level of interaction between teacher and student
1. Meeting children’s physical needs (food prep and serving, toileting, hand washing, coat zipping)?
2. Keeping materials organized
3. Monitoring the children’s play
4. Preparing props and materials for programs
5. Preparing teaching materials
You might be surprised at how much of a teacher’s day is taken up by the details of the “adult involvement” INHIBITORS listed above. Familiarize yourself by asking the preschool director some questions and follow up with the same questions with the teachers… the answers should match!
Levels of Adult Involvement:
More adult involvement with children lead to greater child outcomes, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. Engaged and intense interactions are created when we take the time to show the children a new game, even participate with them. Or perhaps there is a student who needs help in throwing a ball correctly or learning how to pedal the small bike. Free-play time can be another prime opportunity to focus intensely on individual children or small groups of children.
At West Valley Christian Preschool we have purposely employed a director and assistant director to allow our faculty to focus on interacting with the children. Our administrative staff spend countless hours being sure tissues are supplied, snacks are prepared, bathrooms are cleaned, and playground equipment is available. Keeping materials organized is an on going challenge but when the director has supplied cubbies and spaces to keep our toys and books, teachers are available to devote quality time for engaged and intense interactions.
WVC Preschool has the best stage performances that I have ever seen!! Complete with stage props, costumes, music, lights and sound board. We can always count on the preschool students, preschool staff, and Miss Judy to create a special program that will frame the best memories for you and your child.
Today, with over 20 years in education, I have new appreciation of the importance of the role of the preschool administration. With confidence I can say, I would enroll my children in WVC Preschool because they are committed to using all of their resources to provide an excellent environment to foster a love for learning and a Christian education. I highly recommend that you choose a preschool for your child that has a strong administrative support system that allows teachers to interact with your child with engaged and intense activities.
Administrator, West Valley Christian School