Good parents want the best for their child. They want to see them healthy, happy, well-adjusted and enjoying school. With the availability of preschool, parents need to decide if they want to start formal schooling prior to Kindergarten. What makes preschool worth considering?
Dr. Kathleen McCartney, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education, says “There’s increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool.” So just what can you expect your little preschooler to learn at school? From A to Z, there is so much available for your child from a great preschool experience!
A – A, B, C’s . . . Preschool provides children with almost limitless learning experiences. Children will learn their A, B, C’s, the letter sounds, how to write them correctly and so much more.
B – BLOSSOM . . . Like a little bud, a preschooler is just beginning to blossom. Great learning experiences and a loving teacher are the necessary soil and water for good growth.
C – CONFIDENCE BUILDER . . . Successful learning experiences in preschool will develop confidence for future learning.
D – DISCIPLINE. . . Students are encouraged to develop a self-discipline that enables them to stay on task, work through difficult situations, and experience the joy of success.
E – EXPLORATION & EXPERIMENTATION. . . Preschool offers students an opportunity to use exploration and experimentation to learn about their world. What happens to water when it gets cold or gets hot? A good preschool teacher will allow students the opportunity to explore these concepts without telling the end result.
F – FUN . . . Learning is fun and school is fun. Students learn to “write” their letters in shaving cream and chocolate pudding, and counting lessons use “edible” goldfish.
G – GOD. . . At a Christian school, God is central to everything. From creating the world to loving each boy and girl, children learn more about God.
H – HABITS. . . Good habits begin early and good school learning habits can begin in preschool. Children learn to listen, to wait, to raise their hand when they have a question, to share materials and to work together.
I – INDEPENDENCE. . . As a member of a class, your child will need to accomplish tasks independently. From finding the right color crayon to tackling a task without someone’s assistance, children move from dependency on others to independency.
J – JOY FOR ACCOMPLISHMENT . . . Students learn the joy of accomplishing a task that they may have felt incapable of doing. The encouragement of other children can bridge the gap between fear and success.
K – KINDERGARTEN READINESS . . . The expectations of Kindergarten are many. A good preschool experience can provide students with that “little” edge to help make the transition a little easier.
L – LISTENING SKILLS . . . Educators know that listening skills are paramount to school success. For the remainder of a child’s educational experience, she will rely upon her listening skills.
M –MOTOR DEVELOPMENT . . . Age appropriate learning activities will help young children develop both their fine and gross motor skills.
N – NUMBERS . . . Children learn to count, recognize numbers and see the relationship between numbers and a set of objects.
O – OBEDIENCE. . . To obey is a choice a child makes. Learning to obey directions can help make learning and life experiences much more pleasant and profitable.
P – PLAY. . . Someone has aptly said that play is a preschoolers’ work. During these times, children learn to communicate more effectively, problem solve and build relationships.
Q – QUESTIONING. . . Young children are filled with questions, particularly the “why” question. Good questioning skills truly enhance learning. Learning centers around the answers to who, what, when, where, how and why questions.
R – RESPONSIBILITY. . . As part of a class, children take responsibility to clean up after themselves, put toys away and help others.
S – STORY TIME . . . By being exposed to good literature, children develop a love of books and a desire to learn to read.
T – TAKE TURNS . . . When a child is one member of a class, he quickly learns he cannot always be first, cannot always win and cannot always direct the activity. Learning to take turns is a critical social skill.
U – UNDERSTANDING & CARING FOR OTHERS . . . A classroom environment can become a family-like structure. Students have an opportunity to feel the hurts and needs of others and are provided with opportunities to reach out.
V – VOCABULARY & CONVERSATIONAL SKILLS . . . Parents understand their children even when no one else understands them. Speaking with other students and a teacher requires a student to develop their conversational skills. Children learn to use complete sentences, speak clearly and communicate complete thoughts.
W – WASHING HANDS . . . Children are encouraged to use good hygiene skills away from home and without mom’s reminders.
X – EXCITEMENT FOR LEARNING . . . Nothing compares to watching a young child learn new things. The look on the face, the joy in the exclamation show how exciting learning can be for a young child.
Y – YELLOW. . . Not only do students learn their colors, they begin to experiment with colors and learn that mixing yellow and blue makes green. This is just one more hands-on fun learning opportunity.
Z – ZEAL. . . From alphabet to zipper . . . students learn pre-academic skills that will prepare them for elementary school learning and basic skills that include learning to use a zipper.
Preschool can help open up a wonderful world of learning experiences.