The Benefits Of Preschool

Preschool is intended for youngsters between the ages of 2 and 4, but the inclination for parents to send their children 'to school' at such an early age has always been and I'm sure, always will be a hotly debated subject.

The pros and cons are varied, virtually unlimited and all have the possibility of merit. Unfortunately, more often than not, the parental decision of sending their child to preschool is determined by the parents' thoughts, beliefs, values and circumstances. Less often, the decision is made entirely for the benefit of the child and a full understanding of what a preschool environment can possibly offer.

Social Skills
This is perhaps the main factor that parents in the past and still today, send their child to preschool. Kids at this age have a tendency to accelerate their learning when they learn from other kids.

For many parents today, the circle of daily friends that their child seems to have contact with is diminishing and many parents want to rectify this balance and avail of the opportunities for their child's development from interacting with other children.

The obvious downside is that both good and bad habits may be picked up at this age, so you may want to spend a little bit more time deciding on which preschool to send your child to.

Preparing For 'Real' School
Although many years away, we all have to accept the fact that the 'structured' learning environment of school is best used to your child's advantage if they are able to focus and adhere to the school's learning requirements.

Often for 2 to 4 year olds at home, routines or activities have little structural need and although they may learn and do things, they usually do it in their time frame and as they want to do it.

Preschools are an excellent way to introduce and build a certain amount of later school required behavior into your child and nurture concentration and attention spans.

The vast majority of kids find preschools fun. Yes there are some less fun activities that your particular child may not be personally so interested in, but preschool's do build their activities primarily from a fun focus.

Very few children at this age don't like to have friends and if you are one of those parents that don't have a constant stream of play partners for your child, then a preschool is a great environment for your child to make new friends of the same age.

Many parents that have 2 year olds and particularly 3 to 4 year olds, increasingly find that their child's boredom levels are rising within the home environment where there are few new and fresh things that they haven't already done before.

Preschool are full of new things to see and do and often encourages a child to once again increase their natural level of learning desire and absorption.

Conditional and Environmental Behavioral Problems
It seems that there are an increasing percentage of children that simply won't do what they need to do either at home or with a particular parent. These issues can range from poor eating habits, to tantrums when they don't get their own way, to simply not listening or even violent behavior.

For many parents, a preschool environment that not only discourages bad behavior but also uses the good behavior of the other children as peer pressure to change their bad ways, has been a huge relief. Preschool teachers are experienced and trained at dealing with these common issues, whereas many parents just don't know or don't really want to know how to stop such ongoing disruptive behavior.


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