Why Preschool? by DonaldQuixoteC


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									Why Preschool?

Whether you are living on Long Island or some small town
in Utah, preschool is becoming more and more popular.
Does it really make a difference though? Why are people
raving about it?

It is not news that during a child’s early years are when
they are most influenced and capable of learning quickly.
If you think about it between the ages of two and five
children are learning how to talk, walk, notice colors,
smell, and notice the world around them.

Can we overstimulate them with preschool, though?

Benefits of Preschool

Many Authorities agree that preschool will do just the opposite by offering things in a more organized
and less stressful way. These kids are all curious and want to learn but there are some less effective
ways that many of them end up learning because they don’t go to preschool.

One thing that is often dismissed as not important is social intelligence. This is developed early on in
children as they interact with others around them. This can be another good reason for children to go
to preschool. Not only do they learn how to interact with other children, but how to do so in a
structured environment. This is a recipe for success in the future.

Another key element to preschool is empowerment. Teachers want students to learn to make decisions
on their own and not just make any decisions but rational ones. Whether it is while sitting at the table
choosing snacks with other students or just sharing toys, there are many decisions that they have to
make and they have to learn to work in a group setting.

Preschool is not the same as a regular learning institution where children learn to read, write and do
math. Young children are not usually ready for this type of formal education. Their curiosity often gets
the best of them and their attention span is quite limited. This means that preschool is often a changing
environment that allows stimulation of many different senses during the day.

                                    Another key element to preschool is the emphasis on curiosity.
                                    Preschool is meant to build an already curious creature into one
                                    that is always seeking learning. They do this by doing experiments
                                    and by asking questions that stimulate thinking. Teaching small
                                    children to problem solve helps them realize that curiosity can lead
                                    to successful conclusions that bring results.
Children may come to parents with these questions, but many parents are so used to working with
other adults that they fail to realize the potential in their children or they address them as they would an
adult. Preschools often are accredited and have teachers who are trained in child development. They
understand the rate at which a child should learn. They understand the phases that children go through
and how to react positively to them.

When children move from preschool to kindergarten they are much more ready to take on the
institutional aspects of school. They have learned to be away from home for a while and this helps them
in the learning. Long Island, Utah, Florida, or Texas, it really doesn’t matter preschools are everywhere
you look now days.

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