Is a Preschool Education Important?

What skills do children learn in preschool?

Early childhood education is a hot topic with both parents and policymakers. For the 2014-2015 year, 44 states offered state-funded pre-Kindergarten education for children beginning at age 4. Prior to age 4, parents are responsible for the full cost of preschool. Many parents are skeptical about what children learn in preschool and whether their child will be ready for kindergarten following a preschool education.

What Do Kids Learn in Preschool?

1. Social and Emotional Development

In preschool, children will learn to strengthen their social and emotional development. Children learn how to compromise, be respectful and problem solve. Preschool provides an environment for children to explore, gain a sense of self, play with peers and build self-confidence. Children learn they can accomplish tasks and make decisions without the help of their parents.

2. Behavior Management

Behavior management is a major part of preschool learning. In preschool, children learn how to be students. Children learn patience, how to raise their hands and take turns. Children also learn how to share the teacher's attention. Children also learn about routine, following directions and waiting. Quality preschools help children find answers through exploration, experimentation, and conversation. Going to preschool also helps children learn to separate from their parent or caregiver.

3. Academics

In preschool children certainly are taught numbers and letters, but it is taught in a way that is appealing to children at that age. Children learn best through activities they find interesting, such as songs, storytime, and imaginative play. Preschool is not about achieving academic success; it is about creating a well-round child who wants to explore and question their surroundings.

 In preschool children will gain the confidence of themselves as capable and independent learners.

A quality early childhood education provides children with cognitive, behavioral and social skills they cannot learn at home. Teachers find it easier to teach a child who possesses a strong preschool education background in language skills, listening comprehension, attention management skills, and a positive attitude toward learning.

"Edited by Jill Ceder" 

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