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The Benefits of Pre-School

Most medical professionals, as well as educators, agree that the ages of three to five are crucial periods in a child’s education and development. Enrolling a child in a pre-school program will help to lay the foundation for academics, social interaction skills, as well as build self esteem and self confidence in a child.

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What Pre-School Can Do for Your Child

  • Children between the ages of three and five are ready to learn. Curiosity is high in this age group and pre-schools meet the needs of the child. If the child’s inner curiosity is not met with activities and answers, it could possibly diminish his or her future academic performance.
  • Children in this age group have a wide range of interests. If these interests are discovered and encouraged at a young age, it will lay the groundwork for a love of learning. For instance, a child who has a love for scribbling and is encouraged will generally learn to write earlier than other children.
  • Children who are enrolled in pre-school learn the importance of character through the praise and encouragement they receive through displaying hard work and responsibility. This leads to positive self worth, as well as fostering good study skills, in a child.

What Is Known About Pre-School

  • Pre-school children are more likely to learn to read and they become better readers than children who never attended pre-school.
  • Children who attend pre-school are more likely to graduate from high school and continue onto college.
  • Children who attend pre-school are less likely to need public assistance when they are adults.
  • Children who attend pre-school are less likely to be incarcerated or arrested when they are older teens and adults.

You Are Still the Most Important Teacher

Regardless if a child attends pre-school or not, caregivers remain the most important influence on a child’s life. Children in this age group should live in a positive learning environment, and should be introduced to a wide range of experiences.

How caregivers respond to a child is critical. A caregivers attitude toward a child’s curiosity and interests will shape the child’s self image and feelings of self worth for the remainder of his or her life. Children know that parents are their biggest fans or supporters. If they do not feel they live up to a parent’s expectations, or if the child feels they are unimportant, it can do much damage to a child’s self image and future academic performance and success.

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