How do Pre-School Help?

There's increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to Pre-School. At Pre-School, they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. And, more important, they learn how to socialize -- get along with other children, share, contribute to circle time."

Statistics show that nowadays a majority of kids attend Pre-School: According to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). "Children who attend high-quality preschool enter School with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not," says NIEER director W. Steven Barnett, PhD.

Expert says "Every child should have some sort of group experience before he/she starts school. Music and gymnastics classes are great, but what preschools do that less formal classes don't is teach kids how to be students. Your child will learn how to raise their hand, take turns, and share the teacher's attention. What's more, he/she'll learn how to separate from Mommy or from home. In fact, educators have so recognized the importance of giving kids some form of quality early education in pre-school.

Today’s school curriculum is more focused on academics from day one. Without preschool, many children struggle to adapt to the classroom while those who attended preschool are usually ready to learn. Children who attend preschool are less likely to require special education, more likely to graduate from high school and as adults enjoy higher earnings. Read more about the long term benefits of preschool. Expert says “Preschool gives our kids the strong foundation they need to be successful in school and in life.”

What exactly are they learning?

Classroom etiquette : How to raise your hand, take turns and share the teacher’s attention
Social skills : How to compromise, be respectful of others and problem solve
Literacy skills : Learn a richer vocabulary, better pre-reading skills and familiarization with more books
Math skills : Practice counting, recognizing patterns and geometric shapes
And many more skills.

In addition, children who attend preschool can gain a sense of self, increase self-control, and build confidence in their ability to do things for themselves.