Published on August 20th, 2015 | by Library0
Why Preschool Education Makes All The Difference
How early is too early to begin learning? It’s likely that many would say it’s never too early. The number of different things babies learn how to do in their first year is amazing. Any parent will tell you. But when is the best time to begin sending your child to a formal learning environment? This question has been studied and debated for almost two generations now, and the evidence leads the experts to believe that sending your child to pre-school would be a very wise decision. According to a study of 14,162 kindergarteners, those who attended preschool had higher pre-reading and math scores. Another ongoing study of 1,324 students shows that students who have had preschool or a daycare with an academic curriculum had better memory and improved language skills.
Good education is very important to the development of a child, and preschool in particular jumpstarts the education process dramatically. Preschool refers to an organized curriculum for children ages three to four years of age, with either half-day or full-day programs. The best programs feature a wide variety of activities designed to be fun and inclusive of all students, including singing, dancing, free play, story telling, games and projects, and arts and crafts. All of these activities are designed to teach different skills.
So you might be wondering, if you’re a parent with a child about to reach the age of a preschool student, where to send your cherub. Finding a good kindercare is an extremely important decision and, of course, you’re not taking it lightly. When it comes to early childhood education, you will undoubtedly find more choices in your local area than your parents did when you were four.
One aspect of the preschool on which you might consider focusing, in addition to the academic rigor, is what the school is doing to track your child’s social and emotional development. Some schools will measure this by using a system of key developmental indicators (KDI). This system can prove invaluable when tracking the progress of a student’s success in preschool education.
The best preschool will provide young students with an education as well rounded and as full of possibilities as they are. Preschoolers will learn colors, shapes, body parts, and begin to recognize and remember numbers and letters of the alphabet. Equally important, children will also practice skills they will use in the development of their growing bodies. Motor skill development including balance and strength, standing on one foot, jumping and running, and kicking a ball give kids opportunities for physical growth as well as mental.
Your child’s education is something you take very seriously. Early childhood education is a much larger industry than it ever has been. Choosing the right one for your child can seem daunting. Consider taking your youngster around with you as you search. Decide together where your child will attend. After all, the children will be the ones spending the day there. If they feel they have some say in the matter, children often relax more easily and more quickly. Take a breather, mom and dad. You’ve gotten them this far. You’re doing just fine.