September is nearly a month away, which means back to school and back to preschool! For today’s post we wanted to discuss the benefits of an early childhood preschool program as outlined by greatschools.org’s article “10 good reasons your child should attend preschool”.
So lets get to it:
- Opportunity for growth: this means that it is a chance for children to be exposed to a new learning environment that they may not have had previous experience with
- Preparation for Kindergarten: most kindergarten teachers would agree that you can tell the difference between the children who attended preschool before entering kindergarten and those who haven’t (if their preschool program is good). Preschool not only prepares children for the academic skills they need in their school years but also provides them with the essential social development that comes with a classroom setting through an emphasis on learning through play.
- Promotion of Social and Emotional Development: children learn to become more comfortable with their attachment to their parents and decrease their separation anxiety before kindergarten. Preschool also teaches children essential self regulation, self-control, and communication skills.
- Introduction of Structure: the environment is intrinsically structured, basically there are rules of conduct that are known and expected to be followed to encourage positive interaction between students.
- Choices: just because there is structure doesn’t mean there isn’t choice. Children are still faced with problem-solving activities and are given control and option within activities which helps them develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities.
- Independence: children learn to take care of themselves and be less reliant on parents in a preschool setting. They also learn to empathize with peers and help take care of each other.
- Language and Cognitive Skills: this is one of the big ones. Preschool programs help children develop essential reading, writing, memory, problem-solving, and other cognitive skills. This development ties into their preparation for kindergarten.
- Curiosity: this is one of our favourites at Parkland Players. Curiosity is about wanting to learn and a good preschool program encourages children to think on their own, set their own goals, ask questions, look for answers and enjoy the whole process of discovery.
- Pre-math and Literacy Skills: tied to language and cognitive skills. Preschool programs help children build the foundation for learning math and literacy skills in kindergarten.
- Motor Skills: play helps children develop gross motor skills. Preschool programs can also help develop fine motor skills like writing and pencil grip movements.