Many members of my mother’s generation didn’t even attend kindergarten. Many members of my generation did not even attend preschool. With my son’s generation preschool has become a necessary element of preparation for formal education. Actually for most children, formal education actually begins with preschool.
That doesn’t imply that preschool education begins the first day of preschool. In fact, if you like your son or daughter to successful in preschool and beyond then you definitely must prepare your child for preschool. What’re some of the things you will have to teach your preschooler?
First and foremost you must help your child become as independent as possible. This implies toilet training and basic hygiene along with the capacity to dress themselves. Prepare your child mentally and emotionally for the thought of independence from you and other primary caregivers. Preschool teachers are obviously caring and helpful but they’ll not be able to give the same amount of attention many children are accustomed to from their primary caregiver.
Additionally, there are some basic concepts that children must learn. These lessons will soon be solidified during preschool but when a kid grasps them before preschool that is even better. This includes understanding of colors and shapes. Don’t spend a lot of time drilling this knowledge into your child, but instead casually introduce it to your youngster through daily life. Name the colors of the clothes your son or daughter will wear that day. Point out various shapes during the day as well as cut food right into a shape of the day.
Begin working with your child early to introduce the letters of the alphabet and then as those are mastered begin introducing the start letter sounds. Again, make these lessons fun and casual as you start your daily routine. Similarly, begin focusing on counting as you cook, clean and dress.
Why must you prepare your preschooler for preschool? As I pointed out in the opening paragraph, the educational bar is continually being raised. Kindergarten is no further about preparation. Real education goals are set and children learn reading and math. They begin learning several reading concepts and are expected to count to 100 in kindergarten.
First grade students are reading and performing complex math and money problems. Children can enter preschool without the knowledge of independence, colors, shapes, letters, and numbers, but a mind start can help them become more successful in preschool and then later in formal education.
A child who starts kindergarten not knowing these concepts is going to be behind and may never get caught up. Even worse, this late start will destroy the child’s self esteem and confidence along with cause the little one to hate school and learning. Some children can overcome these challenges and go onto become successful but all way too many children continue steadily to fail throughout school and life.