Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
Pre-K - How you can support your child
By doing these things, you can help your child grow physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively…
Physical Growth
Social/Emotional Development
Brain Development
  1. Use Routines and Discuss the Day
    Use Routines and Discuss the Day
    Point out familiar routines and help your child understand routines. Be sure to say goodbye when you leave. Talk to your child about what happens during the day. Talk about what you do together and ask about what happens when you are apart.
  2. Sort and Categorize
    Sort and Categorize
    Picking up toys and laundry are examples of great sorting activities. Sort and match. Match clothes, sort silverware, play with shape sorters. Compare size, shape, and position. Measure and compare sizes and talk about the shape of everyday items.
  3. Point out Symbols and Landmarks
    Point out Symbols and Landmarks
    Encourage your child to recognize and name signs and symbols. Point out where things are in the community. Draw maps of your home or school.
  4. Help Child Finish Things
    Help Child Finish Things
    Support your child to finish things they start. Help them plan and stick with things for longer periods of time. Let your child do some things on their own. Support them to do new things and solve problems.
  5. Wonder and Explore
    Wonder and Explore
    Wonder with your child. "I wonder if it's going to rain today." Encourage your child to ask questions. Give them toys that they can explore. Boxes, balls, ramps, bubbles, magnets, containers, magnifying glasses, etc.
  6. Make Time for Play and Movement
    Make Time for Play and Movement
    Make time to play. Go to the park, have playdates or join a playgroup. Find a time and place for your child to run and play. Running, jumping and climbing help build strong muscles and bones. Give your child space to move to music. Play music with different beats and styles.
  7. Teach Self-Care
    Teach Self-Care
    Have your child take part in self-care. Talk to them about why being clean is important; show them how to use buttons and zippers, etc.
  8. Eat Healthy and Sleep
    Eat Healthy and Sleep
    Offer your child healthy food choices. Talk about healthy food and eating a variety of good things. Also make sure they get enough rest! Preschoolers need 11-13 hours of sleep each day to stay healthy and learn.
  9. Ask Questions and Show Interest
    Ask Questions and Show Interest
    Show interest in what your child is saying. Look at them when they talk and comment on what they are saying. Ask questions that make them think. When reading a story ask, "What do you think will happen next?"
  10. Practice Writing and Creativity
    Practice Writing and Creativity
    Let them practice "writing". Ask them to draw a picture or make a list, even if they use shapes instead of letters. Encourage your child to be creative. Don't worry about what the project looks like! Display your child's art work. Talk about what they did to make it.
  11. Expose Child to Art
    Expose Child to Art
    Expose them to arts. Watch dancing, look at paintings, listen to music, read books about art, theater and music.
  12. Count and Cook Together
    Count and Cook Together
    Let your child help measure and count what goes into the recipe.
  13. Grow Things and Go Outside
    Grow Things and Go Outside
    Plant seed and talk about what will happen and what seeds need to grow. Look at the sky, trees, plants, animals.... Collect things and talk about them.
  14. Talk about Diversity and History
    Talk about Diversity and History
    Talk about how people are the same and different. Help your child to appreciate people who are different from them. Talk about when you were little. Children love to hear stories and can begin to learn about time and history.
  15. Play Store
    Play Store
    Children can learn about buying and selling through play.
Preschool children ages 3, 4 and 5 are characterized by their uniqueness, learning through a desire to make sense of their world.  Through play children acquire knowledge about the world and develop social relationships. Children will engage in critical and creative thinking to solve personal, social and academic problems; and actively pursue independent learning opportunities.   Within the Manchester Public Preschool Programs children will have opportunities to plan and conduct investigations to gather information and make predictions about how things work.  Together with families we will create a community which will provide children with a sense of belonging, where children are provided with opportunities to take risks in their learning. MPS Preschool Programs strive to prepare and support all children to enter kindergarten with developmentally appropriate social and academic school readiness.

Young Children: are capable and competent, learn best when basic need are met, are unique in their growth and development, and develop and learn within the context of their family and culture.

Manchester Public Schools Preschool Curriculum is Based on 5 Blocks:
Evidence-based classroom environments, balanced schedule, scaffolding play, student-driven portfolios, and integrated planning webs.
What children, birth to five, should know and be able to do
What adults can do to support early learning and development
Lo que los niños deben saber y ser capaces de hacer desde el nacimiento hasta los cinco años 
Lo que adultos pueden hacerpara respaldar el aprendizaje temprano y el desarrollo
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Adopted from The Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards: Action Guides: What Adults Can Do To Support Early Learning and Development, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
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