The impact of the pandemic extended to kids’ schooling. The kids who are supposed to be playing like kids are more like adults obsessed over smart devices. The little ones have a misconception that school and school-related things happen only over smart devices and are unaware of socialization. Parents who earlier force their kids to come home from play now find it challenging to get their kids out and engage with other kids or people in general.
As parents, it’s natural to be concerned about the pandemic situation and hesitate to depend on preschools. However, preschools have also adapted to the situation and are providing unique and smart ways to deal with it.
Why Pre-school is Important?
From birth to six years of age (say the preschool years) is the most critical time in a child’s development. This is when 90 % of brain development is believed to occur, according to experts.
A Child’s early education is their passport to a better future
Early childhood education provides children with a strong foundation in social, pre-academic, and general life skills that will help them succeed in school and beyond. In addition to improving academic readiness, children who graduate from preschool have lower incarceration rates and higher earnings.
Behavior Management: a major aspect of pre-school education
Harvard University (Center on the Developing Child) published the following write-up in one of its articles, “We know that Early childhood is a critical time for the brain when connections are being made that become the foundation for a child’s future health, learning, and behavior.”
In preschool, children learn how to: behave, be respectful, and stand for themselves and others. A preschool environment allows children to explore themselves, make friends, and learn to build self-confidence. Eventually, children become capable of accomplishing tasks and making decisions without the help of parents.
Preschool: Kids’ skill architect
A “language-rich” environment in pre-school nurtures the language skills of kids. Through art, library, snack time, and other activities, teachers strengthen the language skills of children. Teachers engage kids with thought-provoking questions and provide opportunities for them to learn language through singing, story-telling, and creative play.
In pre-school, kids learn numbers and the alphabet in a way that is appealing to their young minds. For example, kids learn the alphabet by singing the “A-B-C-D, E-F-G,” song.
Children learn best through activities they enjoy, such as singing, storytelling, and playing. Preschool does not focus only on academic success; creating a well-round child that wants to explore and question their surroundings is the primary goal.