The Other Things Your Children Learn In Preschool
Jun 16, 2014 Young Learners 1883 Views
It isn't mandatory to send your child to preschool. In fact, if you're a stay at home parent, you may not feel the need to pay for care outside of the home. But the truth of the matter is that preschool isn't just about paying professionals to watch your children for you. There are a multitude of additional benefits that come with attending an early development children's program.
Improved Communication and Socialization Skills
A childcare center regularly gives children the opportunity to communicate and socialize with other children of their age. The skills learned through personal interaction will be very helpful when they enter kindergarten. You'll find that these skills can even help your communication at home.
Learning to Work Well with Authority
Obeying the orders of a parent is substantially different than obeying the instruction of a teacher. A teacher is initially foreign to a young child, having not been involved in the majority of their development thus far. Your child will be forced to interact with numerous authority figures throughout their school years and beyond. Getting them started in preschool will help them get used to the idea of instruction, regulation, and discipline as a means of consequence.
A Head Start in Learning
Many of the things learned in these programs are essentially small seeds-initial exposures-to concepts that will be expanded upon in their later school years. Math and problem solving skills will be planted in your child's schematization of the world, allowing them to adjust and adapt in reaction to obstacles and later conceptualize imaginary scenarios as a means to answering abstract questions. This will give them a head start in the classroom, and make the transition into school life much easier.
Numerous artistic activities, along with interactive games are implemented throughout the day, fostering your child's creativity and ingenuity. You will notice signs of increased activity in the home, whether it be in the narratives of their imaginary play, or in their answers to questions. In addition to standard drawing and coloring, you child can be exposed to:
* Role Playing
* Puppeteer work
* Clay creation
Be prepared to engage in these activities at home, having the necessary craft supplies to continue the learning beyond the school day.
Learning to Share
Something young children are notorious for is the inability to share, whether it be with toys, treats, seats or other things. Early exposure to other children will help your child understand the transaction of sharing and the joys of group play. Preschool is a safe, controlled environment where the beginning forms of empathy sprout.
Make sure to schedule an initial meeting with potential facilities before making any commitments. This will give you an opportunity to see the grounds, amenities, and teaching practices that are used. It will also give you a chance to meet each teacher, and to have your questions and concerns directly addressed.