Why Preschool is so Important!
A high-quality preschool is designed to prepare your little scholar for future success not just academically, but more importantly emotionally and and socially. Many parents view preschool as a place to build a solid educational foundation. This is true, but a high-quality preschool experience offers so much more to children.
- A high-quality preschool is the first exposure many children have to a structured social setting with solid expectations and rules.
- A high-quality preschool offers children the free play they need as well as the exposure to readiness skills that come along with an educational setting.
- A high-quality preschool program provides the consistency and structure young children crave while building relationships with other children, teachers and adults.
- A high-quality preschool provides an opportunity for children to make choices.
- A high-quality preschool gives children a chance to independently take care of themselves which builds confidence and self-worth.
- A high-quality preschool program is a catalyst for promoting language skills during a critical time in a child’s development. Did you know 80% of a child’s brain is developed by the time they are five years old?
- A high-quality preschool ignites a child’s curiosity and encourages observation, dialogue while building on their interest.
- A high-quality preschool cultivates math and literacy skills as well as nurturing motor skills. Children who attend a high quality preschool enter Kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabulary and stronger basic math skills.
- Multiple studies have shown the lasting outcomes of a high-quality preschool being higher academic achievement, higher employment rates, lower rates of welfare dependency and lower criminal activity.
A high-quality preschool education is a program that is led by professionals who are formally educated, trained, responsive and nurturing to young children. The classrooms have a small student to teacher ratio. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate and stimulates the children’s cognitive, physical and emotional development.
Preschool most importantly teaches children about interacting with others. Children in a high-quality preschool learn to wait for their turn, participate in turn taking games and activities, are expected to follow general classroom rules and routines to foster independence, and are taught how to listen and learn the social skills necessary to interact with others in a positive manner. These are life long skills that are essential and should not be taken lightly.
Preschool should also provide a solid foundation of academic learning where children are exposed to literature, music, math, science, world culture, fine motor and gross motor experiences and a classroom full of rich language experiences. These skills may not be obvious to everyone because it should not be a “drill and practice curriculum.” If you look carefully at what children are doing in the classroom you will discover they are engaged in structure play and hands on learning. You will discover a child learning about:
- fractions in the sand box
- gravity at the water table
- the water cycle in a container garden
- patterns at snack time
- learning about story structure as they reenact “Going on a Bear Hunt”
- good pencil grip with a LightBright
This may look like an abundance of play time, but children learn through play. These are deliberate activities by the teacher to create a well rounded learner who is prepared for the challenges of school and the skills necessary to be a contributing member of society.