At Cadence Education, we often get questions from worried parents regarding their young child’s early learning experiences. We commonly hear:
What are the benefits of early childhood education?
What advantages does my child have by receiving a preschool education?
For starters, advances in research about the brain show that children are born learning and that their early years of life significantly impact their elementary, middle, high school, and college experiences.
Studies show that the first five years are when kids develop the essential emotional and social skills they need to succeed in a school environment.
For example, on the first day of kindergarten, teachers expect students to be able to listen, follow directions, start and complete projects, and realize when they need to ask for help. These skills are equally important as cognitive skills, such as being able to recite the alphabet, count to 10, or write their name.
At Cadence Education, we believe there are many benefits of a pre-k education:
- It is a chance for your child to experience a structured, nurturing environment. Preschool allows children to be in a structured setting with teachers and other children where they can learn to share, follow instructions, take turns, and share the teacher’s attention with peers. Every child should have this type of group experience prior to starting kindergarten.
- It helps your child socially and emotionally. In preschool, your child learns the art of cooperation, how to be respectful towards others, and how to solve problems. Preschool is a place where kids can gain confidence, explore, and play with friends.
- Preschool allows your child to discover answers to their many questions. As parents ourselves, we understand it can sometimes be challenging to answer some of your young child’s many questions about their surroundings. Preschool can make your job as a parent easier, helping your child to learn how to find answers to their questions through exploration, experimentation, and conversation with teachers and peers.
- Preschool gives your child educational building blocks. Young children in preschool learn letters and numbers, but at their own, individualized pace and via games and activities. In a preschool setting, teachers show your child how to learn these fundamentals by offering a variety of activities young children typically find interesting, like playing with blocks, story-time, and more. For instance, to help kids learn to strengthen their pre-reading skills, teachers may play rhyming games and let children tell stories. To help kids with math skills, teachers might ask students to use a monthly calendar to count down days to a holiday, count cookies or crackers during snack time, or even play memory games.
- It provides the groundwork for learning, both academically and socially. Young kids are naturally perceptive and curious. They want to learn the valuable life skills that their family members value daily, from reading and understanding the directions on how to assemble a toy, to determining the right amount of money necessary to make a purchase. To get children ready for the academic demands of elementary school, preschool teachers offer a broad range of activities aimed to help them acquire these necessary academic and social skills.
Find a Place Where Your Child Can Thrive
At Cadence Education, we believe in the advantages of early childhood education. The earlier your child is comfortable in the classroom setting, the more likely he or she will thrive academically, socially, and emotionally in their elementary school years and beyond.
Preschool programs focus on many key elements of your child’s development, including academic, social, physical, and emotional, among others. These critical aspects of your child’s development serve to help them prepare for kindergarten.
The preschool programs at Cadence Education support children with curriculum geared toward creating and maintaining a positive attitude towards independent learning and grasping gross and fine motor skills. Our experienced teachers also help kids establish social confidence through group learning activities.
Find a preschool in your area. For more information about our preschool programs, contact us today!