Find the answers to your burning preschool questions right here.
It’s time for your child to head to school, a preschool that is. And while this can be a very exciting time for mum and dad, there are no doubt some worries as well – Will my child be able to cope? How do I choose the right school for my child? How will the teachers treat my child? Parents, you’re not alone. Those nagging worries are perfectly normal but you’ll be surprised just how well your child can thrive in the right environment. Here’s what you need to know about choosing a preschool and making it work.
What can I Expect My Child to Learn in Preschool?
Preschool is the time for a child to begin social and intellectual development, through play and experiences with their peers.
Participation in a preschool programme aids intellectual development as they will learn how to recognise and name all letters and the sounds they make, including recognising their own first name. Preschoolers will also learn pre-math skills, when learning to count and identifying numbers one through 10.
Activities that such as cutting with a scissors and drawing would allow the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Children should also learn to be curious about the world around them. A good preschool should would have activities that promote exploratory play. Every experience, be it playing in the school grounds helps children understand the world a little better. It allows children to learn about things which interests them, in a purposefully created environment. The intention is to create a curiosity in the child to reach out and discover new information while ‘investigating’ his or her surroundings. Exploring their physical environment comprises a great deal of learning for children. Exploratory play stimulates brain connections, encourage cognitive development, and also develops problem solving skills, good self-esteem, self-confidence, critical thinking ability and resourcefulness.
Children will also pick up social skills through interaction with other preschoolers. Learning to share and taking turns when doing group activities would ease development of social skills at a young age.
Thus, a high-quality preschool would develop these skills through daily activities to keep the child motivated and excited for learning.
– Susan Tan, Head of Workplace, Kinderland