How preschool can help your child succeed in elementary school
Preschool is designed to help children learn both academically and socially in order to succeed and thrive once they start elementary school. In fact, there’s growing evidence that children gain a great deal from attending preschool.
Here are some key reasons why enrolling children into preschool is essential to their overall future.
For most children, going to preschool is their very first experience with other groups of children and teachers in a structured setting. It’s a chance for them to learn how to share, listen, and follow instructions that will be an important foundation once they start elementary school.
A child can successfully spend time away from their mother and father and build trusting connections with others outside their own family if they feel secure and well cared for. High-quality pre-K programs are designed to nurture and encourage relationships between children, parents, and teachers. Teachers have strong interpersonal connections with the children they care for and educate.
When there’s consistency in terms of care and stability between school and home, a child will thrive. Teachers and parents work together on behalf of the child to ensure their success.
Even at such a young age, children show a great deal of interest in literacy and math skills. They’re naturally curious and inherently want to learn the key skills they’re observing in their society, including how to use money to buy an item or read the instructions on how to assemble their favorite toy. In order to adequately prepare children for the academic and social demands of elementary school, teachers provide a vast assortment of activities and games that will enable children to acquire the necessary literacy and math skills they’ll need for the future.
A child becomes aware of the connections between word sounds and the letters of the alphabet while following along in a colorful picture book and singing the alphabet. Learning fun rhymes greatly enhances a child’s awareness of the distinct sounds that words offer. Teachers engage children in exciting discussions about read-aloud stories in order to enhance their comprehension, listening, and language skills.
A young child’s language and verbal skills are naturally more encouraged in language-rich surroundings. Between 3 and 5 years of age, the vocabulary of a child expands from 800 to more than 2,500 words, with more complex, longer sentences. In a relaxed conversational tone, teachers can enable children to stretch their expressive language skills by asking them thought-provoking, mindful questions during art class, snack time, or other fun activities.
As pre-K is becoming more and more academic in nature, several parents rely on preschool to help their child get on the road to success. On the other hand, some parents worry that the strong trend to focus on pre-literacy and pre-math skills at such a young age will cut into their child’s important play time. However, mounting evidence suggests that introducing these vital skills to children during ages 3-5 does, in fact, give them a stronger chance to succeed in the future.
A child who attends preschool is not only learning about themselves, but making friends and enjoying a number of activities in addition to building the necessary skills, confidence, and knowledge to do exceptionally well in kindergarten and beyond.
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