Education is a mandatory for a child, but people are having debate about whether child education starts at early age or not. Some agree that a child must be introduced to preschool, while others think that kids should experience longer free time to enjoy their childhood in maximum capacity before they are introduced to kindergarten.
People that choose the second option argue that as long as the child is raised in a house that encourages his or her creativity and social skills, it should not be a problem. However, not all parents are able to provide strong and thorough basics in social skills, basic knowledge and motor skill knowledge to actually prepare their children to directly face kindergarten and first grade at elementary school. If a child is not prepared for kindergarten and elementary school, he or she will have more difficulties in learning compared to his or her other friends that have gone through daycare and/or preschool.
Here are some benefits that you can get from introducing your children to early child education :
Children Get Better Social Skills
Social skill should not be viewed as secondary compared to academic skills. Well shaped social skill is very important to help children coping with new environment, facing new challenges, respecting authorities and building social relationships. At daycare and preschool, children will be exposed to environment where they can learn how to interact with other children in fun and educative ways, with trained teachers and staff members. They will learn how to share, give, act politely, say thanks, resolve problems, cooperate, and respect other people and such. Once children are exposed to these social skills at very early age, they will be ready to face more challenging environment where they must focus more on academic aspects, like elementary school. Children who do not go through early child education often have poorer social skills than other children with early education experiences.
It Is Easier to Follow the Lessons
At kindergarten and elementary school, children will be exposed to more complicated aspects of education, and they will focus more on cognitive lessons such as reading, math and language. If children get early basic lesson in numbers, reading, art and language at preschool, for example, they will accept kindergarten and elementary school lessons easier. If they go through school easier, they can feel more confident and less frustrated, and the possibilities of experiencing learning difficulties are smaller. At preschool, children will not focus mainly on lessons in pure academic sense like at elementary school, but they will be exposed to numbers, language, colors, shapes and other cognitive inputs in playful ways based on their learning stages. Therefore, children will eventually develop good cognitive skills that will prepare them better for higher grades.
Children Get Better Future
If children can experience school better, they will be more likely to perform better at higher grades such as middle school and high school, and in turn, perform better at university. In the end, children who are exposed to early child education will have opportunities to get better job and finally higher income. This should be a long term effect that every parent must see. On the contrary, without good cognitive and social skill basics, a child is more likely to get job with lower wage and little expertise that will not allow him or her to grow. From social aspects, children who do not go through preschool are more likely to have poorer social skills. It means that they will have more difficult times to adapt with new challenges in life as well as necessary social skills they need to socialize and survive, such as act respectfully, be polite, cooperate and many more.
Tips for Parents
When it comes to choosing early child education, parents must be sure that the preschool they choose are high quality and will give children proper lessons and schedules based on their learning stages and special needs. The school must be accredited and the teachers must be certified based on your local educational law requirements. Parents must also be active in early child education, by cooperating with the teachers and controlling the development of their children during and after preschool. Parents must also provide positive learning place at home to support lessons at school.