More and more parents are recognizing the importance of enrolling their children in preschool to help them develop the right foundation for success in elementary school and beyond. However, the best programs go beyond helping children master basic academic skills to supporting their development as happy, confident, well-rounded individuals.
Research shows that from birth to age five, development in all areas is rapid. Children form strong neural connections during this time as a result of experiences they have with everyone and everything they encounter. The quality of those early interactions determines how children continue to learn and form relationships, strongly influencing their future success and happiness.
“Parents should look for preschool, pre-K and kindergarten programs that take a balanced approach to developing motor, social-emotional, creative and academic skills,”# said Cami Nail, of Primrose School of Five Forks. “It takes quality instruction, a well-rounded curriculum and a positive teacher relationship to prepare a child to succeed.”#
- Academics: Let”s go beyond concentrating only on basic math and reading skills. Academic success is not just about memorization – it requires learning how to think critically, use mathematical concepts, express curiosity and develop competence in language skills like listening, speaking and writing.
- Technology: In today”s technology-rich world, children need to have a grasp of technology as a tool for creative expression and problem solving. Computers equipped with developmentally-appropriate educational software and online resources should be integrated into the classroom.
- Physical Development: Children who participate in daily physical activity develop basic motor skills like throwing, jumping and balance that help them become healthy adults. Physical activity also creates neural connections that support academic achievement.
- Music and Art: Young children naturally engage in “art,”# or spontaneous, creative play, but when educators involve children in music and art activities regularly from an early age, they encourage cognitive and emotional development.
- Social-Emotional Development: Preschool programs should focus on social and life skills to help your child establish positive relationships and transition easily to elementary school.
Will your child be ready to enter elementary school? Selecting the right child care program is a big step in helping your child succeed. Plan to tour schools at least one year in advance so you have plenty of time to apply and enroll your child. To learn more about Primrose School of Five Forks, visit www.PrimroseFiveForks.com, or call 770-985-0028.
Article by Cami Nail, Primrose School of Five Forks