Here are a few of the reasons why preschool is essential.
The development of social-emotional skills is one of the biggest reasons for a child to enter into a preschool program. They need that interaction with their peers. They need to learn to deal with others. To work with others. To share and take turns. To follow instructions. This is something that is difficult when you are not given the opportunity to be away from your parent and with your peers—learning how to be a friend, learning how to make friends. This vital life long skill needs to be practiced with peers. Children need the group experiences they get at preschool.
Preschool also offers exposure to Letters, Numbers, Shapes, Rhyming, patterns, beginning math concepts, Literacy skills, logic, problem-solving, science, imaginative and cooperative play, fine and gross motor skills, independence, language skills…. It is quite the list. It is an extensive list. The list keeps going; these are only a few of the essential skills learned from a child’s time in preschool.
When a child attends a high-quality preschool, they leave that school, entering into elementary school with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills. The opportunity to be in a structured setting with a routine gets children ready for what their Kindergarten day will be like.
The first 5 years of life are the most important. This time shapes who a child will become in life. It sounds extreme but it is the truth. It is the job of the preschool teacher to ensure the child has a solid foundation in which all other education is built upon.