Preschool Offers Children a Chance to Get Head Start
Bonnie Golz is a director with the First Baptist Preschool in St. Charles.
At the start of the year, preschools in our area are gearing up for enrollment in the fall. With the many choices available to parents today, we get many calls as people gather information seeking to make the best decision for their child. Some parents might be asking "Why is preschool so important anyway?"
A good preschool program is important for a number of reasons. Preschool lays the foundation for kindergarten and lifelong learning. Children at the ages of 3 through 5 years old are experiencing growth in all areas of development, including physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills. This is a time when children also are developing their fine and gross motor skills along with thinking skills such as problem solving and reasoning. Preschool offers many opportunities and experiences for preschoolers to learn and practice these abilities.
Preschool experiences give the child many opportunities to explore and experiment with the world around them. In preschool, children are introduced to many new ideas and concepts. Children acquire knowledge through interaction. They learn social skills by sharing, taking turns and listening to other people. When a conflict occurs, children are taught to express their feelings and resolve conflict by using language. By learning to express themselves in an appropriate manner, children gain confidence.
A good preschool offers many opportunities during the day to try out newly acquired social skills. A typical day has a large amount of time designated for choice of play. This is a time when a child may choose from many different activities, play with other children and develop positive relationships with their peers. They also are learning to be independent and work in a group. These social skills help children be better prepared for kindergarten.
A preschool curriculum typically covers many different areas: math, science, social studies, creative art, music and movement, language arts and physical activities. …