Children at ages three and four are so little, and the concepts they learn at this time of their lives seem so simple. But research shows that the preschool years are the most important in a child’s development. Preschool education not only provides children with their first exposure to school structure and also sets the tone for future learning.
Children Gain a Foundation for Learning
The brain of a preschooler is still growing all the abilities required for impulse control, attention, memory, and reasoning. As a matter of fact, a child’s brain at preschool age acts like a sponge, processing twice as many connections as a college student’s!
Children who attend a high-quality preschool program will gain a foundation for learning through creative play. In preschool, your child will develop a lifelong enthusiasm and love for learning through sharing, communication, and conflict resolution.
Children Build Self-Regulation Skills
One of the keys to success in the elementary years is the ability for a child to manage his or her behavior and emotions in a situation, or, self-regulate.
Self-regulation is an important skill to foster during the preschool years. Preschool education teaches children how to behave and how to be good learners. They gain experience with handling difficult emotions, paying attention, and listening and interacting with classmates.
Preschool Educates the Whole Child
Education during the preschool years is a wonderful time to focus on the whole child through playful learning. Each age-appropriate activity in preschool provides a warm and nurturing environment that builds positive social, emotional, and cognitive development.
In preschool, caring teachers will create a safe place for your child to try out newly learned skills and nurture creativity and curiosity. In a Catholic preschool environment, children will also spiritually develop their love for Jesus and learn how to be good friends with Him and each other.
Preschool Prepares a Child for Kindergarten
A quality preschool education program will focus on school readiness. Research studies have shown that children who start a structured education experience even one year prior to kindergarten fare better in their academic careers.
The preschool curriculum will introduce concepts in language, math, social studies, and science, such as exploring a new letter of the alphabet and number each week. Students will also work on their fine motor and early writing skills. Handwriting at this age becomes exciting with lots of songs and rhymes for each letter. Music, circle time, and sensory-rich activities are all important parts of preschool.