The Importance Of Early Childhood Education
Every parent believes that their child is special: talented, gifted, clever, and quick. It’s easy for many parents to think that their toddlers will do fine at school without any special preparation. Most parents who do believe that preschool preparation is important think that the main goal is to teach their toddler how to read and count. But the purpose of preschool is really much deeper than that. In fact, the most important growth in the preschool years comes in social skills, and the general development of the whole child. Some parents and even teachers think that for preschool children to be ready for school, it is enough to teach them the basics of math, reading, and writing. In reality, for children to be able to understand and learn these academic skills, they must first develop their memory, attention, imagination, perception, and speech.
Young children who are reaching school age are not really ready to start grinding away at the books. They are not yet ready to spend all day sitting still and working on paperwork. They have not yet fully developed their cognitive processing skills, and need many breaks during the school day to retain focus and attention. Young children learn by testing and trying new skills with their full bodies. Active learning projects and opportunities to manipulate physical objects and create examples of abstract concepts, such as words spelled out with magnetic letters, will generally help them to remain interested in learning academic skills in the early school years.
The preschool experience is extremely important for several reasons: children obtain the school skills that will help ease the transition to kindergarten and first grade, gain a positive perception of teachers, learn to work well with classmates and be a member of a group, and get used to following rules and routines in a setting away from their home and family.
Preschool learning can be practiced at home by parents, as well as in out-of-home early learning settings. Both parents and early childhood teachers can effectively prepare children for success in school, but the greatest gains will be made when they work together to meet the young child’s needs using a planned and systematic method of achievable goals. It will not always be easy, but most children are very adaptable and willing to try new things. Whether they begin school as a toddler in a preschool setting or wait until kindergarten or first grade, with supportive adult guidance they will gradually get used to the school routine.
Preschool learning helps kids build the groundwork to be prepared for the challenging cognitive work of more academically oriented school setting. Parents are their child’s most important ally when it comes to learning in the early years. Making preschool learning a priority will help the young child to adjust to school without stress and disappointment.