Though the first day of school can be a tough one for parents, a high quality preschool can provide lasting benefits for children. Not only does early childhood education provide the foundation for future academic success, the benefits of attending preschool are numerous for children, their families and the community.
Here are some ways your child can grow and develop in an early education program:
Social and Emotional Development
Early childhood education may be your child’s first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. As your child builds trusting relationships with their teachers and peers, they are able to feel safe and secure away from the home. High quality early education programs nurture relationship building skills.
Children learn how to make friends, how to be a friend, and how to share with their friends. Teachers promote language development to aid children in expressing strong emotions in acceptable ways. Children are provided opportunities to work on their developing self-control in a safe setting.
Promote Language and Develop Reasoning Skills
During the preschool years children are developing concepts that help them organize what they see, hear, feel, smell, taste – their perceptions. How are things the same or different from one another? Which categories do animals of different kinds belong in? How does counting work? Children need many experiences so they can form abstract concepts, both from daily practical life and from playing with educational materials designed for this purpose.
Teachers help children develop concepts by pointing out key features and talking about them using the appropriate words. Children deal with principles of daily life as well while they play with materials. Children learn best from repeated, hands-on experiences coupled with sensitive adult interest and verbal input while they are developing abstract concepts through experiences.
Hands-on activities help promote your child’s cognitive skills as they begin to observe, ask questions, and solve problems. Children are encouraged to make choices and to offer their ideas, all of which contribute to the development of a positive self-worth and self confidence. With the guidance of creative teachers, young children’s ideas are valued, their collaboration encouraged, and their future hopeful!
Better Performance in Kindergarten
Children who attend a high quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not. Children have already learned to separate from mom, raise their hands, take turns, and share the teacher’s attention. Throughout the school years, much of children’s learning will take place in the company of their peers.
In a high-quality preschool program, children are introduced to the behaviors required to function successfully in a kindergarten classroom. For example, during group activities such as ‘circle time’ children learn to focus attention on the teacher, listen while others are speaking, and wait their turn to talk.
Little Bear & University – Sparks and Reno Preschool
Little Bear Preschool Reno is devoted to creating an environment for young children to develop healthy habits for life. Their growth and development through educational experiences is our number one priority. We celebrate each child’s unique interests, abilities, and learning styles.
Are you ready to learn more about Little Bear & University Preschools or the benefits of attending preschool? Contact us at 775.358.4128 and come in for a tour!