Pre School Education
What is Pre-school?
The learning experience for your child before entering formal education is generally referred to as Pre-school Education. It usually caters to children aged three to six depending upon the statutory laws of the relevant area. The pre-school experience improves all round development of a child and serves as a milestone in a child's life. Children discover and assimilate quite rapidly at this stage of development expressing a natural curiosity about things in their surroundings. This natural curiosity can be utilized in their favor by offering them an environment in which they can learn new things and prepare themselves for structured education.
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What will your child learn?
The focus of pre-school is always on offering an environment which encourages learning and offers maximum exposure to your child in discovering his natural tendencies. The areas of development might vary from region to region but the basic areas to be focused on include personal, social and emotional development, communication, including talking and listening, Knowledge and understanding of the world, creative and aesthetic development, Physical development, mathematical awareness and development.
The learning ability of a child varies from different ages so pre-schools do keep that in mind and cater for children accordingly. For four and five-year-olds, the average vocabulary span is between 1500 and 2000 words. Mathematical skills also come into use a great deal at this age. Pre-schoolers begin to recognize numbers better and understand the concept of numbers and their use. Rote counting, the ability to recite numbers in their proper order, is a very popular part of the curriculum for this age. They like to do more things on their own and love to help with anything they can. At this age their co-ordination has improved a lot and their body proportions have changed. They also become responsible for their own simple hygiene.
Approaches for Pre-school Education:
The learning experience always starts from a child's own home before any school but it is also a proven fact that more attention and efforts spent on each child make him/her more compatible as well as confident to changing the environment. Various pre-schools incorporate different specialized approaches to encourage a child's learning process such as Montessori, Waldorf, High Scope, The Creative Curriculum, the Reggio Emilia approach, Bank Street and various other pedagogies which contribute to the foundation of education.
A structured Environment:
Pre-school offers children a structured environment to encourage maximum learning. Pre-schools fully comprehend the psyche of children and use various tools which can fully facilitate them to learn new concepts. The active tools allow the kids to quickly grasp new concepts in accordance to their environment and apply those in real life experiences.
The Pre-school programs offer a wide range of entertaining activities including singing, dancing, arts 'n' crafts, storytelling, free play and indoor/outdoor games as well as projects. These activities are not just random activities but designed specially to develop different skills of your child. Children also develop familiarity with basic academic concepts such as counting and alphabets. The early childhood education of Pre-school teachers allows them to observe innate talents of your child and encourage your child to utilizing them for their best interest.
Opportunity to socialize:
The pre-schoolers get the opportunity to interact with kids of their own age coming from different backgrounds. This gives them an opportunity to celebrate and understand differences of other people giving them a greater acceptability for others. It also helps your children to develop people's qualities and makes them more confident about themselves.
The Proper time schedule of Pre-schools and planned activities give your child a concept of time. Pre-school also avoids the chances for a last-minute scramble for emergency childcare as in the case of absentees; there is always another teacher available to step in.
The Pre-schooler's age is a time when your child is open to new ideas and experiences. They take in everything that is a part of their environment serving as a landmark for what kind of individuals they will grow up to be.