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By Jae Curtis
A lot of the most memorable moments for kids are "I have no idea what I'm doing" moments for parents. If you've never put a child in preschool, you probably look every bit as nervous as your little one on that first day. But you can prep yourself by learning some of the stuff that only time-tested parents already know about preschool.
It's Not Daycare
Your Perspective Will Change
Your Child Will Change
It's More Than Academics
Don't sweat it if, after a few months of preschool, your child doesn't suddenly blossom into a tiny genius. The truth is that while most preschools offer academic lessons, the end goal isn't to get your child ready for the SATs. Instead, preschool is about learning to socialize, take directions, spend time with people outside of the house and get ready for kindergarten.
It's Just the Beginning
So, you've got the pencils, crayons and construction paper for your child to take to school, but don't forget that a good attitude is important too. Watching your child make the leap from "Center of the Universe" at home to being one of a group of children might seem scary to you, but eventually he'll love it. Now ... what are you going to do with those two free hours?
For all you need to know about preschool, go to our parent's guide to preschool.