Benefits of Preschool

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Benefits of Preschool Andrea Ross ECE332/Instructor Nadia Hasan December 10, 2014 Benefits of Preschool As an early childhood professional, you will often be asked questions from parents and community members regarding the benefits of sending their children to preschool. After reading Chapter 1 and drawing from your experience, discuss the benefits of a preschool education. There are many benefits of sending your child to preschool. Preschool gives the children an opportunity to learn and develop through playing and exploring what’s around them. As stated in the article from Parents Magazine, “Children who attend high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not," says NIEER director W. Steven Barnett, PhD.” (Kanter, n.d.) When children attend preschool they learn through activities they are interested in doing, and by exploring new things. Preschool helps children get ready for Kindergarten, socially and academically. In Preschool the children will be introduced to numbers, shapes, colors, math skills, ABC’s and this is on an academic basis. Preschool lets children be social with other kids their ages, teaches them to share, and how to work out situations on their own. Also, preschool helps children transition from being with mom and dad to spending time without them. "Kids in preschool discover that they are capable and can do things for themselves -- from small tasks like pouring their own juice and helping set snack tables to tackling bigger issues like making decisions about how to spend their free time," says Angela Capone, PhD, senior program manager at Southwest Human Development's Arizona Institute for Childhood Development, in Phoenix.” (Kanter, n.d.) Preschool helps children with self-help skills, lets them learn to follow directions.
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