Many parents wonder how is preschool going to help my child? They are too young to learn… Does a child even learn in the early years? Till a few years ago, children were sent to preschool only because it was compulsory. We are going to share some facts on early childhood development and how a preschool helps in it.
As per cerebrum researchers, an average child is born with about 100 billion brain cells and it develops rapidly from birth till 3 years producing 700 new synaptic connections every second. “Toddlers can stimulate their learning at twice the rate of adults” – by Experts. The brains can set back if there is not enough stimulation done.
There are different elements that influence in the development of Child’s cerebrum growth for experiences and emotions and surroundings. Preschool has very pivotal role in child development because they are laying well-built foundation for their future and learning.
Here are a few of the aspects your child will develop in a good preschool:
- Socialization: In preschool children come in contact with strangers for the first time while doing “circle time “and they learn to do team activities which help them to make good friends.
- Body coordination: In preschool when they start doing motor skill activities they use their visual skills and their hands as well. This helps them focus and develop hand-eye coordination
- Preparation for Elementary: Preschool can be a fun place to be in. However, if their foundation of learning has been set at an early age life becomes easier for children in elementary school.
- Emotional skills: A 2-3 year-old child spends time with new people for the first time and as they feel safe in their classroom with the teacher and peers they slowly build on their emotional skills.
- Physical skills: children step outside their homes and familiar environments for the first time and they do regular physical activity, they play, run around and build on their stamina and immunity.
- Routine through structured learning: Preschools are all about structured and unstructured learning, in their home environment they are used to unstructured learning however they are introduced to structured learning for the first time. This slowly helps them in following a routing, learning how to follow instructions, rules and facilitates structured learning.
- Language & Communication skills: At home children mostly pick on their native language. In school, they are introduced to English and Hindi. They also learn from their peers. They learn alphabets and words and also associate them with pictures etc. This helps them build on new vocabulary for communication.
Preschool is no more meant only for children where both parents are working or just because it is now compulsory. Over the years it has been noticed that children who went to preschool have turned out to be more confident as they enter elementary school.
This confidence boost helps children perform better not just in preschool or school but also when socializing or interacting with others outside of their school/preschool space. It opens the child’s mind to learning and introduces them to a world of experiments, play, bonding setting them up for a lifetime of learning. So early childhood education has finally been recognized as important years of schooling for child development.