A recent study has shown that structured math and literacy teaching for preschool age children can have a positive impact on a child’s later educational achievement.It was also found that kids who took part in preschool programs tended to reach a higher level of education by age 35, completed further years of schooling, and were also more likely to achieve a postsecondary degree level qualification.
Whereas it has been long accepted that structured educational programs for young children are beneficial in the short term, this new evidence is the first study of its kind to assess participants levels of achievement into their 30s.
Activities shown to be most beneficial to preschool children were those that built on math and literacy skills in order to prepare kids for elementary school and beyond.
From recognizing numbers and letters, to learning how to listen and communicate effectively, it is believed that acquiring these cognitive and linguistic skills early in life is conducive to educational success.
Preschool provides an environment for a child to try a variety of games and activities such as sorting games and puzzles that support later math learning and hand-eye coordination or singing songs to build awareness of the relationship between letters and sounds.
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Listed below are 3 brilliant benefits attending preschool can have on your child’s immediate and later adult life:
1. A Structured Day:
For a large number of children, preschool is the first time a kid experiences a structured setting with teachers and being part of a group. Through time spent in this environment, children learn life skills such as following instructions and sharing that lay a secure foundation for further schooling and adult life. By learning through consistent routines, children quickly make friends, encouraging social interaction and minimizing any discomfort.
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2. Learning Through Play:
A large concern of many parents sending their kids to preschool is that their child is too young to enter the world of education. But thanks to a play based learning curriculum, parents find that instead their kid’s playtime is increased and enhanced. Preschoolers have active imaginations and it is important to nurture this curiosity from an early age.
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3. Social and Emotional Development Are Encouraged:
Through preschool, children spend time away from parents and caregivers all while building a trusting relationship with adults outside of the family. Consistent care at home and preschool enables kids to thrive. Through play, children learn to resolve conflicts and manage frustrations while developing attributes such as kindness and compassion. Whether it’s through tidying away toys or group activities, kids learn how to interact and stretch their thinking.
By choosing a high-quality program tailored to your kid’s needs, you can be sure that your child is well cared for, expanding their skill-sets and building the necessary knowledge and confidence to succeed in adult life.
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