Picking the Right Program
There are lots of programs for kids this age. But it's important to find one that isn't too demanding. Follow these steps.
- Look for a friendly atmosphere. Check into noncompetitive programs that don't require previous experience.
- Make sure it's age-appropriate. Classes or practice shouldn't be longer than an hour for preschoolers, including break time. And all the kids should get equal treatment, whether it's the amount of time playing in a game or the number of turns helping with an experiment.
- Get to know the teacher or coach. The instructor should welcome questions and suggestions. Steer clear of people who are pushy, consumed with winning, or hard on the kids.
- Attend a practice or class. Don't invest in a program until you check it out first. This way you have the option to bail out if it's not what you have in mind for your child.