Preschool has many different benefits. According to director W. Steven Barnett, PhD of the National Institute for Early Education Research, “Children who attend high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not.” (http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/starting-preschool/curriculum/why-preschool-matters/). Statistics also show that the majority of students attend preschool. If your child does not attend preschool, you may find that he or she may even be at a slight disadvantage when compared to the other students.
The early years of a child’s life are extremely important when it comes to cognitive and intellectual development. Children develop important social skills as well as academic skills during these years, and when they attend preschool, it is often easier for them to continue this educational development throughout kindergarten and beyond. In the majority of preschool programs, an academic curriculum is offered. This prepares students for the classroom setting in elementary school, and this also will give your child an introduction to the learning environment in general.
It is important for your child to develop appropriate social skills and feel comfortable working with other children. It is also important for your child to develop emotional maturity. Preschool can help him or her tremendously in these areas. In preschool, children will learn valuable communication skills, they will learn about sharing items with other children, and they will learn about interacting with others. In addition, preschool can give a child far more confidence, self-assurance, and self-esteem so that he or she is better prepared to face kindergarten. He or she will also learn valuable skills such as how to follow rules, how to work independently and with others, and how to be away from you, the parent in a new and different environment.
Every preschool program has a different focus and a different experience for the children. The Montessori school provides more than just the basic preschool experience. Montessori children are educated in a unique way that will allow them to not only develop cognitive and emotional skills, but they will also be able to develop a love and passion for reading, language, math, art and music, and the learning environment in general. The Montessori Method centers on an interactive educational experience for your child that includes hands-on learning techniques and independent learning.
There are many reasons why preschool will benefit your child. The most important thing to do is find the preschool that will be the most beneficial for your child’s education in the long term. If you are interested in enrolling your child in Montessori school, or just want to learn more information then feel free to contact us.