Why is Preschool so important for children?
Let me tell you a story about a mom who thought her son did not need preschool.
She was a first-time mother and felt she was more than ready for this experience. She taught her child everything by the age of four. He could identify every can’t; he knew his shapes and numbers – and alphabets? He could read any book you handed him from the bookshelf! Why would he need preschool? He knew everything; he would just get bored there.
So, she didn’t send him to preschool. She decided he could directly go to kindergarten when the time comes.
When he turned 5, she immediately sent him to kindergarten.
She didn’t doubt his abilities even once. On his first day, she watched as his son joined other children in the gymnasium. They all looked very nervous and twitchy. But she thought her son was doing just fine.
Until it was time to go to their classroom. When kids said, “Okay, kindergarten! Let’s get in a line!” All the kids started lining up, walking and running like little penguins, except for one child; her son. He just stood there shoulder to shoulder with one child, having absolutely no idea what’s even going on. That is when she realized; she made a mistake.
Her son didn’t know how to line up.
He never had to, because he never went to preschool. He missed out on a lot of things, didn’t he?
Yes. He did. Knowing basic math and all the alphabets aren’t the only things that matter. Social skills are vital. Her son had never been part of a group, or class. So, he never knew how to behave when he became part of one. Skills like that usually children learn in preschool – and her son has to struggle for the next school year to learn.
She thought he knew more than the other kids, so he would be ahead of them.
He was quite far behind the other children.
Critical skills are taught in preschool, that you can not teach your kids alone at home. They need social interaction, and a teacher to guide them how to behave in class. This isn’t just my opinion. It was proved in a report, written by several qualified childhood professionals from Duke, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, and Harvard. They also said preschool is the best choice for low-income and multilingual households.
Sure, your child may already know the alphabets and the numbers, and maybe even a few poems. But preschool teaches you much more than that.
Preschool helps your child feel secure.
It helps your child develop a routine. They develop the habit of getting up early and sleeping early. They see the same familiar faces every day and know that they have friends and a teacher who loves them.
Preschool provides diversity.
Children are not born racist, sexist, or homophobic. Adults teach them those things. However, in a preschool environment, they don’t care about anyone’s color, religion, or nationality. They are very tolerant and learn to mix with all sorts of children, regardless of all those things.
Preschool teaches responsibility.
They are taught to be organized. In preschool, they are assigned little “jobs” or tasks, like turning off the lights while going to recess, or hanging your coats and picking up your toys from the floor. It gives children a sense of accountability.
Preschool promotes self-sufficiency.
They struggle on their own for a bit and learn new things when their parents or teachers aren’t around. Like how to zip up your jacket, sanitize your hands, or wash your butt – stuff like that.
Preschool keeps kids active.
They learn teamwork and how to play around with a bunch of other children. It keeps them healthy and active. A bit of physical exercise is always important for the emotional growth of your child. Playing at home is not enough for them.
So, that is how she learned that even if she is the best parent on earth, it is not sufficient. Her child needed preschool. There are so many benefits that preschools provide which you cant give your children at home. So, even if you think they are ready after they know all the fundamentals of language and math taught at home, trust me. They’re not.