Top Ten List on Why Preschool Matters
There are several reasons why it is a good idea to send your child to preschool. The following is a look at ten reasons why preschool is important:
Reason one: Preschool helps prepare children academically for kindergarten. Most preschools focus on learning letters, numbers, shapes, days of the week, etc. When a child goes to preschool, he learns the basics, the things he must know before going to kindergarten if he is to be successful academically.
Reason two: Preschool helps children learn to interact in groups. Many preschoolers have not had a meaningful experience working in a group dynamic, having to share both items and attention. Preschool is an excellent structured environment where children learn to interact in groups.
Reason three: Preschool helps children learn to be away from their parents without anxiety. Many children suffer from separation anxiety when they enter kindergarten if they haven’t had something that took them away from their parents at regular intervals throughout the week. Preschool is a great precursor to something longer and more everyday.
Reason furnace: Preschool helps children learn to socialize appropriately in a school setting. For many children the idea of listening when someone else is speaking and raising your hand to speak or make a comment is strange. This can lead to a lot of disciplinary problems when they enter the regular school system if they don’t get some practice.
Reason Five: Preschool expands your child’s exposure to outside germs. While this may sound rude, it is important that a child begins to develop immunity against the different viruses that abound in public. Exposure to the little colds and insects of youth can strengthen your child’s immune system in the long run.
Reason six: Preschool helps children learn that there are authority figures outside their home to whom they must respect and listen. It gives them some experience by having a teacher they learn from and a parent helping them reinforce the things the teacher teaches.
Reason Seven: Preschool helps children learn to share attention with their peers. For many children, the only person or persons with whom they have to share care are their siblings and family members. When they want the attention of mom or dad, they just talk to them. In school, several students must share the attention of a single teacher. Preschool is a great place for a child to learn this, as classes tend to be smaller and there are fewer students competing for the spotlight.
Reason Eight: Preschool helps children learn to be more independent, especially in things like going to the bathroom, putting on coats and shoes, etc. Because mom and dad are not to depend on, children learn to use skills that they would not otherwise have. This is an important part of growing up, and a parent often does not recognize that they are stunted.
Reason Nine: Preschool prepares children for consistent schedules when they are in school. When a child enters kindergarten, he cannot stay up as late as he wants, or wake up whenever he wants, etc. they have to learn to follow a schedule. Preschool helps children to adjust to this and to realize that when they are at school they cannot just eat and play when they want, but must wait for the right moments.
Reason ten: Preschool helps children learn some academic and social responsibility. They learn to keep track of their backpacks and artwork, do homework, etc.