Preschool can be a very exciting time for many parents and children. This is the child's first exposure to a structured schooling environment. As a parent, you might wonder what your child will learn in preschool and if they are ready to begin their formal education. Here are some of the things that your child will learn in preschool.
1. Social Skills
One of the main reasons that parents put their child in preschool is for the social skills that they develop. Preschool gives your child a couple hours a week where they can be with their peers. They learn how to play together, resolve conflicts and enjoy each other's company.
Preschool aged children still might have a hard time sharing, doing cooperative playing, or even getting involved in a shared imagination game. For instance, the child may be able to play an imaginative game on their own, but still needs to learn how to play "house" with other children. Preschool is a great time for the child to make friends and learn how to thrive in social situations.
In order to be ready for kindergarten the child needs to learn how to cooperate and follow instructions. If your child is unable to follow simple directions, cannot do what the teacher says, or is disobedient in group settings, they most likely will struggle in kindergarten. Kindergarten is more structured that preschool, which is why preschool is the ideal place to teach young children how to cooperate. For example, the children learn how to learn together, play together, go on field trips and follow directions in small isolated doses. This allows them to build into kindergarten.
3. Basic Academics
During preschool your child will be taught some of the basic academics principles that will help prepare them for kindergarten. Some things they will learn are colors, shapes, and letters, and they might even start learning the sounds of some of these letters. Although some children learn to read while in preschool, this is not necessarily required. Kindergarten will focus on teaching reading, so you shouldn't be concerned if your child isn't reading before they enter kindergarten.
By sending your child to preschool, you can be sure that they are getting the academic instruction that they need so that they are ready to enter kindergarten confidently.
These are just some of the things you can expect your child to learn in preschool. If you're looking for a preschool in your area, visit D & J Educational Inc.