Parents’ biggest dilemma regarding their child’s education is whether to enrol him or her in an early learning program or not. Being a mother of a three-year-old, I had some difficulties deciding whether this program will benefit my child or not. Therefore, I have decided to start researching and talking to parents who had already gone through this experience – and it is a good thing I did it. Early education programs are great for children between the ages of two and five for many reasons.
1) Set a good foundation for learning
Many parents worry that their children will grow up too fast and not have enough play time in their childhood, if they enrol them in an early learning program. Furthermore, listening to different advice and opinions of friends and family members can make your mind even more hectic. However, if you choose to enrol your child in this program, he or she will be provided with both high-quality childhood education and required time to play and relax. The highly professional teachers and caregivers understand how young children develop and learn. Therefore, they organize space, time and activities to be coordinated with children’s cognitive, emotional, social, and physical abilities.
One of my biggest fears was that my little boy would not be able to adapt to the new environment in which I would not be present, considering he is only 3-years-old. However, many parents reassured me of my fears and proved that an early learning centre has the best caregivers and teachers who will do a great job and help a child adjust.
The programs in the centre promote warm relationships among kids, parents and teachers. Furthermore, a teacher tends to have the best relationship with each child individually. Children are taught to manage anger and frustration, and to realize when they have behaved aggressively. In this way, children learn they should be good and not hurt others.
3) The programs nurture cognitive and language skills
An early education program help strengthen children’s cognitive skills by giving them various hands-on activities that will challenge children to ask questions, observe closely, solve a problem, or test some of their ideas. Furthermore, children are constantly in a language-rich environment, which helps develop their language skills. Consequently, children’s vocabulary grows from 900 to 2500 words between the ages of 3 and 5, which results in them producing more complex sentences. There are also many opportunities for children to act out certain stories, to sing, and to talk about favourite stories they have heard.
4) A child’s curiosity is encouraged
Children are especially curious at a very young age. Teachers are well acquainted with this fact, which is why they listen to children and their ideas, they ask questions to children and observe them. Precisely these ideas that children come up with are used for further activities. This is the perfect way to nurture children’s curiosity and show them their motivation to learn is appreciated.
5) Pre-literacy and pre-math skills are boosted
More often than not, young children will start showing interest in pre-literacy and pre-math skills. Therefore, teachers are equipped with numerous activities that will help children acquire these skills. Singing an alphabet song while following along in a picture book, and learning rhymes and chants are some of the activities that help children understand there is a connection between alphabet letters and word sounds. Furthermore, they help children differentiate between sounds within words. Math learning is encouraged by playing matching games, counting games, board games, and sorting games for they build children’s understanding of number, sequence and categories.
In conclusion, enrolling you children in early education programs can only benefit them. It will them prepare them for school both emotionally and intellectually. Have no fear; the little one is more resilient and capable to adjust than you think.
Have you considered enrolling your child in such a program?
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