Early Childhood Education
As adults, the tools we use the most to function normally and succeed in life were established before we even entered kindergarten. Before kindergarten, the human brain goes through tremendous development. Cognitive, character, social and emotional skills are built in this period. An explosion of activity occurs in the first five years, and the best part is that this time period can be used to maximize learning opportunities to set young children on the path of success.
The benefits acquired from an early education are seen in academics. Research has shown that children who attend early learning programs demonstrate higher levels of school achievement and are less likely to repeat a grade or be placed in special education classes. They are also more likely to graduate from high school. However, the benefits not only involve academics. Soft skills are developed. In early education programs children are exposed to different people. They learn to communicate effectively, collaborate with peers, and share. Now, here are reasons why preschool is so important in child’s development.
The Importance of Preschool
ABC’s and Numbers
In preschool they can learn the alphabet and numbers. You can’t sit them down and go through boring drills. The way to teach children at this critical age is to include learning exercises in fun activities. They may learn the alphabet by talking with their teacher, playing games, in story time. They may learn their numbers by as they stacking their toys or playing in the sand.
Preschools create a more formal learning setting which prepares a child for the classroom. They learn to do things like take turns, share the teachers attention and raise their hands to speak.
Strengthen Social Skill
Preschool exposes children to new groups of people with different backgrounds. They learn to be compassionate and sympathetic of others. They learn to share and to act in harmony with others. In addition, they can also learn from negative situations. They may need to learn how to deal with someone who is playing rough or how to apologize and make amends.
The best way to learn is through experience and exploration. Children in preschool are exposed to different settings and activities. As they play and interact their brains are being filled with different experiences which builds their self-esteem and nurtures independent. They are also given responsibilities. They learn to clean for themselves, put away toys and be more aware of their bodily needs.
Success for a child is not measured by how much he or she can read or do calculations. We want well-rounded people. This is why kids need to be imaginative and creative. In preschool they learn to express themselves with different people which sparks imagination. Story-time and playing with teachers and peers take a child’s creative abilities to new heights.