Why Children Should Enter preschool
We all know that a school is important because it is where we learn, grow, and develop. However, some parents don’t consider the fact that aside from kindergarten, elementary, high school, and others, preschool is important as well. Some parents think that what their children would learn in preschool would be learnt in kindergarten as well, but that is not the case. That is why in this article, we are going to explain to you the importance of preschool.
Why All Kids Should Go To Preschool
In President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address (SOTU), one proposal he gave was to give every four-year-old access to high-quality preschool education.
Of course, experts disagree with each other on the importance of preschool, and whether it’s a necessity or a nice to have. However, the cumulative statistics and findings from over a hundred studies suggest that preschool benefits are real and persist into regular school years and beyond, in many ways, and that the entire country can benefit long-term, financially and socially, from an investment in preschool education. Yet as of 2010, only 14% of public education dollars were being spent on pre-five-year-old children — a time when brain growth leads to as much as 90% of adult brain size.
Some Stats on Childcare and Preschool
From 1995 to 2012, the percentage of American children aged 3-6 who were not yet in kindergarten but were in center-based care rose by only 5% (for all family characteristics and regions). Here are the overall average percentages for select years. Read more here.
In preschool, there is early introduction to letters and numbers which improves foundational reading and math skills, respectively, both of which affect later academic success. With that, they would be able to comprehend better in kindergarten with more advanced lessons. Now, CLAUDIO SANCHEZ will tell us more about it in his article below.
Pre-K: Decades Worth Of Studies, One Strong Message
Some of the nation’s top researchers who’ve spent their careers studying early childhood education recently got together in Washington with one goal in mind: to cut through the fog of studies and the endless debates over the benefits of preschool.
They came away with one clear, strong message: Kids who attend public preschool programs are better prepared for kindergarten than kids who don’t.
The findings come in a report “The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects,” and the authors include big names from the early childhood world: Deborah Phillips of Georgetown University, Mark W. Lipsey of Vanderbilt, Kenneth Dodge of Duke, Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution and others.
It lays out the current state of preschool education in the U.S. and what research can tell us about what works and what doesn’t.
Among their key findings, drawing from across the research base, are: Read more here.
So a research was conducted and has proven that kids who attend public preschool programs are better prepared for kindergarten than kids who don’t. There are also four other findings from the research that explains different arguments. In addition to that, Julia will share to us five reasons why you should send your child to preschool.
5 reasons why you should send you child to preschool
Many parents with children under three are faced with the question of whether or not to send their kids to preschool. Is it the right place for the child, or will it make him or her feel abandoned by mom and dad? It’s often difficult for both parents and child to let go. In many countries such as the US and Germany, preschool is not mandatory. Nevertheless, many parents (90% of German parents for instance) choose to send their children to preschool. There are good reasons for this:
- Learning social behavior
If the child has so far only been exposed to a close family environment, he or she must now learn to deal with an entirely new situation. There are typically 15-20 kids in each preschool group. Here, children learn to assimilate. Of course, fighting and conflict are normal and should be dealt with patiently and constructively. Often, this happens without intervention from the staff. Children in preschool develop a feeling for interacting with others and learn social behaviors. This experience complements the child’s home life and promotes his or her emotional and intellectual development. Read more here.
According to the article, children learn from and with one another. In a class, there are several children with different kinds of personalities, cultures, talents, skills, and a lot more. In short, there is diversity amongst them. In that way, each child would be able to learn different kinds of things from different people. They would be able to share their own with one another. This would contribute a lot of learning and it would promote understanding with one another as well.