Importance of Pre-school
While preschools do not follow the formal structure of a kindergarten or an elementary setting, sending your child to preschool brings about a lot of advantages for your child. More often than not, kindergarten is considered the official start of a child’s education, but do you know that the years preceding this breakthrough is important as well? There are things a child can learn in pre-school that will tremendously help in his education soon after.
In the following article by Jess Mansour Scherman we will see the different myths about pre-school and how they’re proven wrong.
Why is Preschool Important? Debunking the Myths
Do you ever wonder how we made it out of childhood alive?
Parenthood brings forth a host of new precautions and worries we’d never previously known—so much so that our own childhood memories start to seem more like fiction than reality: We couldn’t possibly have been allowed to free-climb that rope all the way to the ceiling of the gymnasium that one week in elementary school phy-ed, nothing but a dented blue mat to break our falls if we let go.
Then again, we used to be able to go to the bathroom without a hall pass, and there never used to be hand sanitizer dispensers at every entrance to the school. To say that things have changed is an understatement. It’s becoming second nature to be highly protective of our children. We won’t leave them with just anyone and we want to be sure they’re getting the ‘best of the best’ in every sense of the phrase. Read more…
Preschool for kids from every social class is a ideal that a society would like to have. However, at the monent children from the low-income families do not benefit more, or even as much as children from the higher income families. It is important to note that there are things a child could develop in pre-school that will be of great help once he/she enters kindergarten. The next article from Nadia Khomami discusses the effects of going to pre-school first based on scientific research findings.
Preschool education boosts children’s academic success, research finds
Children of all backgrounds who receive a preschool education are almost twice as likely to go on to sit AS-levels, according to a study by Oxford University. The research, funded by the government’s department for education, also found that children who go to preschool were significantly more likely to take four or more AS-levels, suggesting that far more preschoolers end up taking an academic route into university than those who do not have the same educational start.
Preschool, also known as nursery school, refers to an educational establishment that offers early education to under-fives prior to the start of primary school. Children who experience stimulated learning activities at home – such as singing and nursery rhymes, learning the alphabet, reading, playing with numbers and letters, or going on visits to the library – when they are under five are also more likely to achieve better A-level grades, researchers found. Read more …
While it is true that learning starts at home, there is also a huge advantage of a child going to pre-school before entering kindergarten. Research shows that an investment in pre-school really pays off. A child will be able to adapt easier, socially, mentally and academically in kindergarten since he/she already had a background of what it is like to be in a classroom setting in pre-school. In the following article from Babycenter, we will learn how to tell when your child is ready for pre-school.
How to tell if your child is ready for preschool
Most preschools will start accepting children at around age 2 ½, but that doesn’t mean your child is magically ready for preschool when he reaches that age. Readiness for preschool has more to do with where your child is developmentally. Is he socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively ready to participate in a daily, structured, educational program with a group of other children?
Though it’s tempting to look for a quick answer to this question, to read a list of skills for instance, and say, “Yes my child can do these things, he’s ready,” that method isn’t foolproof. The best way to decide is to spend time thinking about your child and to talk to other people who know him well, such as your partner, your child’s doctor, and your child’s caregiver. Read more…
There are many things to consider before sending your child to school. We cannot expect the child to learn everything in school. Basic training at home is as important as bringing your child to pre-school before formally enrolling him/her in kindergarten. Before entering any learning facility outside the home, the child must be oriented and taught first by his/her parents. It is also important to note to always respect the child’s readiness and preparedness physically and mentally.