9 Reasons a child should attend preschool

9 Reasons a child should attend preschool


 

‘Why send a 2-year-old to school?’ That is a question a lot of mothers ask. According to research a child’s listening and speaking skills develop at that age. A preschool is preparing a child for school. A good preschool is designed to prepare future successful professionals. A playgroup provides a foundation for learning both socially and academically that will help your child succeed in primary school.




 

Mothers are skeptical about preschool because children are not happy in the beginning. The fact is that whenever there is a transition, there is anxiety. So whichever age the child starts going to school, he will be unhappy initially. It’s not something which should be taken seriously. Within a few weeks of joining preschool, the child will adjust to it and will start enjoying it.

 

A child of two cannot be given instructions in a classroom environment.  These children require individual and special attention. Personal attention is provided to each student in a good preschool.

 
Following are nine reasons a child should attend preschool:

 

1.    Structured growth:

Preschool is a child’s first experience of interacting with a teacher and fellow students. It gives your child an opportunity to learn, share, follow instructions and begin the foundation of learning that will take place in school. A structured environment helps children learn, make friends and play. There may not be a lot of rules and a strict environment but the environment is conducive to learning. Classroom space is organized to encourage social interaction and minimize conflicts.

 

2.    Prepares children for kindergarten:
A good preschool program has the perfect balance between learning and play time. It enables your child to start learning at an early age and at the same time enjoy childhood with quality playtimes. A good preschool understands the particular ways that young children develop and learn. Teachers organize space, time and activities so they’re synced with children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical abilities. 


If a child does not go to preschool and goes straight to school at around the age of 4 or 5, he/she has already missed out on those important years of early learning. The child will then feel burdened as he has to suddenly start reading and writing. In preschool, a child is not made to read or write. Instead he is familiarized with the art of holding a pencil and with drawing to gain control.


3.    Promotes language and cognitive skills:
Being the first place where a child is interacting with a number of fellow kids and a teacher, the child learns the art of language and how to put his message across. Before preschool, he only had to interact with his family and didn’t really have trouble making his mother understand his language. Teachers help stretch their language skills by asking thought-provoking questions and introducing new vocabulary during science, art and other activities. Children are also given opportunities to sing, talk and act out stories.

 

Cognitive skills are also enhanced by engaging them in hands-on activities that challenge them closely, ask questions which require solving problems. They are taught how to start reasoning e.g. A teacher is smiling because she is happy.



4.    Childs curiosity is nurtured:
Preschool activities are carefully thought out. Children are required to learn through different ideas and activities. Teachers observe, ask questions and listen to children’s ideas during activities. It is not only required to be correct. The idea is to nurture their curiosity and motivation to learn. Teachers use children’s interests and ideas to create activities that they themselves are interested in.


5.    Helps develop motor skills:
 Preschool is designed to improve a child’s physical coordination, develop fine motor skills (cutting with scissors under supervision, pouring water etc), hand-eye coordination and balance. Daily opportunities are provided for children to climb, run and play physical games. A child’s sensory and motor skills are developing at around the age of 2. Playgroup helps develop these senses faster. Different activities are conducted to help enhance a child’s skills. A child of that age can only understand one-step instruction. A preschool helps them get to two-step instructions.

 

6.    Boost math and literacy skills:


By going to preschool, a child has learned to obey instructions and assemble toys and play with blocks. He/she is also now familiar with patterns, puzzles and problem-solving. These are activities which later on help the child to learn math quickly as the foundation was already set.


7.    Children learn to take care of themselves and others:

When they spend time with so many other children and a teacher is there to instruct, it creates an environment of harmony where they are encouraged to help each other. At snack time, a child may be asked to lay out plates for his fellow students. A child may be asked to pour water for all his friends. They are also taught manners like listening to others while they are talking and wait for your turn to speak. They are taught empathy and how important it is to look after others as well as yourself.

 

8.    Children learn decision-making:
Even at this young age, there are everyday decisions which they are encouraged to make. Like which swing would they like to take first, which activity would they like to start with. They are given 2-3 choices and are asked to choose one.

 

9.    Promotes social and emotional development:
At such a young age, a child needs to feel cared for and secure with a teacher to be able to learn. The teacher plays this role and tries to be attached to the students. Young children learn social skills and emotional self-control. Children are encouraged to be positive, good to each other and reduce hurtful behavior towards others.


Conclusion:
It is important to send your child to a high-quality pre-school program that suits your child and family, you can rest assured that your child is well cared for, is enjoying activities, making friends and is building the confidence, knowledge and skills which will be beneficial for him in kindergarten and beyond.

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  1. I always believed a child should go to preschool in case the parents have other commitments and don't have time for kids. However, i believe now that a preschool is important for a child as a home cannot teach the child as much as a preschool does. It definitely boosts confidence in a child as well at those crucial early years.

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