Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Preschool: Why is it Important?

The benefits of preschool have been undervalued in the past. Misconceptions about what preschool is and does were once plentiful. But now people are becoming more aware of the benefits of preschool and what it can do for children. The first five years of a child's life are crucial for growth, learning, social awareness, and many other aspects of a child's developmental process. Preschool is an integral part of this process. Below are three benefits of preschool. 

Developing Social Awareness

One of the most important, but often overlooked, aspects of child development is social awareness and interaction. Making friends, knowing how to interact with others, and understanding that teachers have authority are all crucial in order for children to excel in school. However, without preschool some kids struggle with these concepts.

Testing and Teaching Basic Skills 

Counting and learning the alphabet aren't just activities for play; they teach children the basic fundamentals of reading, math, and other skills they'll have to learn and use throughout their educational career. One of the benefits of preschool is learning these skills early. By getting a jump start in preschool, parents can find out if there are any areas of concern (such as possible learning disabilities), and can help their children begin kindergarten preparedness. 

Teaching School Rules 

Among the many benefits of preschool, this one is among the most beneficial as it applies to an educational setting. There may be rules at home, but lining up, listening for the bell, walking through the lunch line, and other similar activities are unique to school. Preschool is a great time for children to learn these rules so they're not overwhelmed on their first day of kindergarten.

The benefits of preschool go far beyond the three listed here. Preschool challenges kids to think, expands their learning capacity, introduces them to new friends, and gets them excited about school. It also helps to aid the transition into a full school day by having limited hours so separation anxiety isn't so traumatic on the first day of kindergarten. 

Considering preschool is an excellent step that parents can take for their children.

If you’d like to learn more about our preschool in Fremont, please contact us today.

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