We all want to think that our two and three year olds are still babies, but this is actually a great time to begin thinking about school. Preschool, that is. Whether you want your child to get more interactions with kids his age or you want him to get a headstart on his education, there are so many reasons to send your child to preschool.
1. Preschool aids in social development.
Young children learn social skills and how to control their emotions in real time. This means that you can only teach these to them while they’re experiencing them in the moment. So in preschool, when a child becomes angry or upset, the teacher uses this as a learning tool to help the child understand how to deal with these situations. They’re aware of when to let children work things out for themselves and when it’s a case where they need to intervene. Teachers develop close personal bonds with each child, and the children develop bonds with other kids as well.
2. Preschool helps develop language skills.
Preschool gives your child many options to learn new words. And in a time when your child’s vocabulary expands exponentially, this is incredibly important. Teachers will introduce new words and offer various opportunities for singing, reading, and acting out stories, all which will help your child’s vocabulary to grow.
3. Preschool prepares your child for kindergarten.
Kindergarten is not what it used to be. It’s much more educational and strenuous and your child could feel a bit of culture shock if she doesn’t experience the transitional period that preschool can offer. Preschool still gives your child the chance to run around, play, and be a toddler, but it also gives them a headstart on pre-math and pre-literacy skills.
4. Preschool offers a structured environment.
Young children thrive in a structured environment, giving them a better ability to play and make friends with other children. The wonderful thing about preschool is that the structure is invisible to the children. The spaces are set up so that social interaction is encouraged, but conflict will be at a minimum.
5. Preschool teaches children to take care of themselves.
In a preschool environment, children are introduced to behaviors required to succeed in a kindergarten classroom, such as washing hands on their own before snack/after going to the bathroom, focusing on the teacher, and waiting their turn to speak. Children also are taught to keep their belongings in their own set space and to pick up toys before proceeding to a new activity. In some instances, teachers may have children who are more advanced in some skills help children that are still struggling, teaching kids how to help one another.
If you’re looking for a quality preschool option for your children, check out what Rolly Pollies has to offer.