Preschool is the start of a child’s academic journey. It is where the child begins to be moulded in the best possible way to ensure that he/she thrives when they go to beyond the gates of preschool, elementary school, high school and eventually college. The preschool is where the child first learns to settle into a routine, follow basic instructions and share the attention of the teacher. The ability to communicate and interact with peers, make new friends and letting the playmates take their turn while the child patiently waits is also learned in preschool. Preschool is the first instance of a child staying away from home, where he is comfortable and safe. So, it is natural that both the child as well as parents feels unsure and separation anxiety when the child begins preschool.
Though parents must remember that preschool is in the best interest of the child and it is where the child’s transformation takes place.
A preschool is a place where following development takes place:
Development of Social Skills
The preschool is where the child learns to be in an unfamiliar setting, out of the comfort zone and familiarity of home. With time, the child adjusts to the preschool and feels a sense of security even when they are away from the parents. The children learn how to interact and forge their friendships with their peers and in their own little ways, work towards maintaining these friendships.
A good preschool takes care of the holistic development of the child. The overall physical, emotional and cognitive development of the child is taken care of in preschool. Children learn how to ask questions, are taught manners and learn to find answers through exploring and discovering. Preschool lays the foundation for better development and learning.
Begin To Learn How to Be Independent
In preschool, children learn how to do tiny tasks on their own without taking help from adults. Children are supposed to take care of their own belongings in preschool. They learn how to pour the juice in a glass on their own and how to put toys and books back in their place after using them. These little tasks are done independently pave the way for the child learning how to be independent when he/she grows up.
Improved Motor Skills
Preschool ensures the development of gross as well as fine motor skills through various activities like drawing, dancing, and craft, etc, Moreover, their concentration also improves as they focus on correctly completing the activity. The child’s expertise in basic motor skills will allow him/her to be more independent. Increasing hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills also open new doors to explore, learn and express themselves creatively.
Long Term Positive Impact on a Child’s Education
A child who has attended preschool is more likely to perform well in tests during further studies. Research shows that kids who attended preschool were more likely to graduate high school and had higher earnings than those who didn't attend preschool. The clarity of the basics that children learn in preschool has a positive impact on all future learning.