Pre-schooling is still frowned upon by many families in India. Some even go a step further considering it a sheer waste of time and money because they believe learning through fun and games isn’t a form of education at all.
“But he’s so small,” they say. “Let him be 5 at the very least, and then we’ll think of schools and classes.”
Now the question is, do you harbor the same mentality? Well, if you do, you need to change it as soon as possible. Pre-schooling is as important to your kid as nutrition. Here are a few reasons that can back this statement up.
1. Preschool provides kids with an opportunity for growth
For most children in preschools, a structured setting is something that’s quite new to them in terms of engagement and education.
Such a setting provides them an opportunity to share, learn, follow instructions and do other things that are surely going to occur in elementary schools that are going to come after the preschools in the years to follow.
A little bit of experience of a structured teaching setting can make all the differences in the world, especially when they get into the elementary schools.
2. Pre-schooling education prepares a child for the kindergartens
As kindergarten schooling’s becoming more academic now with all their curriculum-based teaching and subject-oriented lessons, parents are looking more to pre-schooling education to ensure that their child doesn’t face a huge lot of problems in kindergarten schools which is soon to follow.
Additionally, there’s this current trend to focus more on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) as a part of the basic literacy trends. Pre-schooling can help to build a strong base of STEM in students; something that can actually pave the way to success in higher classes.
So to sum up, we can easily say that there’s absolutely no doubt that pre-schooling can help to prepare children for kindergarten education provided they the full support from their parents to go through the classes and the activities.
3. Pre-schooling helps in promoting social and emotional development in kids
Preschools help to promote social skills in children through real life examples. The teachers play the role models in pre-schools as far as social skills are concerned and children DO learn whole lot of things from them without even realizing the fact that they do.
Emotional self development is also taught beautifully by pre-schools. Kids are taught to control their display of emotions, frustrations, and anger in front of the public; a trait that can go a long way indeed, especially in the later stages of their career.
4. Pre-schooling education provides children with lots of choices
There’s no particular compulsion in pre-schools regarding lessons and activities. Children are provided with plenty of options. They are free to do the things that ONLY they like to do.
Do you like to draw? Or do you like to play with the abacus? Doesn’t matter; you can do anything you want as long as you stay within the school premises.
So you see it’s actually a structured setting on the inside, but on the outside, it doesn’t even look like that. That’s something positive indeed.
5. Pre-schooling teaches kids to take care of themselves as well as others
Pre-school teachers help to inculcate self-worth in kids which, in turn, can play a huge role in developing competence on the whole.
Simple tasks like a “building blocks competition” can help to inculcate self-worth in kids; a trait that can go a long way indeed in their career.
Pre-schooling also encourages kids to take care of others. A task that calls for teamwork helps more in such circumstances.
6. Last but not the least, pre-schooling helps to promote early language and cognitive skills in children
The pre-schooling environment helps to nurture the language skills of a student in the right way.
Between the ages of three to five, the vocabulary of a child grows considerably large from 900 to 2,200 words in general and his/her sentences become longer and more complex. Pre-schooling can help in such circumstances by helping to promote early language and cognitive skills in students in general.
So what do you think now? Is pre-schooling as important as primary schooling? Feel free to comment in the comments section below.