When it comes to your child's education, you might think that it all begins in kindergarten. However, for your child to have a firm foundation, their education should actually begin way before that. It should actually begin in preschool. If you've decided to skip preschool and keep your child at home until kindergarten, you may be preventing them from receiving valuable lessons; lessons that they can only learn in a preschool setting. Here are four important educational experiences your child will receive from preschools:
If your child has spent the bulk of their early years at home, they haven't had the opportunity to learn how to socialize. Even if they have friends their own age, they're most-likely children of your adult friends. However, if your child goes to preschool, they will learn valuable socialization skills that will help them once they go off to kindergarten. One of those socialization skills involves interacting with children of their own age in an educational setting. They'll also make friends with kids who will be following through to kindergarten with them.
Exposure to an Educational Setting
If your child's first encounter with an educational setting is on their first day of kindergarten, they may have a hard time adjusting to the changes that are taking place in their life. For instance, they may not know how to sit quietly for lesson time, or how to wait for snack time. They may also be slightly behind the other children when it comes to their educational skills, especially if all the other children attended preschool. You can give your child the head start they deserve by giving them that early exposure to an educational setting that preschool provides.
Early Experience with Decision-Making
If your child has not ventured out into other social settings before kindergarten, they may not be prepared for the decision-making opportunities they'll be exposed to in school. Preschool will give your child early experience forming their own decisions, such as which friends to play with, where to sit in the reading circle, and what toys to play on at recess. While these may seem like minor decisions, to a young child, these decisions are monumental and will help them prepare for bigger decisions they'll need to make as they progress through school.
Opportunity to Learn From Other Adults
If you've been your child's only teacher, they may have a hard time adjusting to another adult. It can be difficult for a child to adjust to having someone else try to teach them. That's why preschool is so important. Through preschool, your child will learn to trust other adults in an educational environment.