kids painting in a preschool classYou’ve probably heard the expression that young children are like sponges because they soak up everything they’re exposed to. Indeed, study after study has shown that the experiences we have in early childhood affect the development of the brain and lay the foundation for intelligence, emotional health, and social development.

Unfortunately, in the United States only 51% of 3 and 4 year olds are enrolled in preschool programs without any improvement over the past 15 years. Since our private tutors know how important it is to give kids the best start possible, we’ve put together a list of five reasons you should consider enrolling your child in preschool.

#1: Social Skills

Socialization with people other than the child’s family members in a safe environment is the foundation to virtually every interaction children will face as they get older. Most parents instinctively understand that it’s important to support their children in establishing their own groups of friends. However, waiting too long may unintentionally hinder a child’s social skills. Exposing your child to people outside of their immediate family early on is vital in helping them overcome shyness and develop self-confidence, and preschool is the perfect way to do just that.

#2: Cooperation is Key

Learning how to take turns and cooperate with others within a safe learning environment is especially important for the first child or only child. In many cases, these children are not used to sharing. Although it can be a difficult lesson, it’s critical to learn it as soon as possible. Early learning professionals are trained to help kids work through these difficult transitions effectively, while laying the framework for important academic skills like reading and writing.

#3: Flexibility

Preschool provides a safe but challenging environment in which children learn through first hand experiences. Although they may occasionally lose a game or experience a few bumps and bruises, young children are able to build coping strategies for life’s future challenges. Children will naturally develop skills in managing emotions by participating in a consistent and fair social environment with clear expectations and consequences. However, parents should also collaborate with preschool educators to learn ways to help their children develop resilience.

#4: Focus

During early childhood, kids will explore every opportunity to discover new experiences. However, most parents and teachers know that concentrating on one thing at a time can be extremely difficult for young children. Preschool is the perfect place to enrich your child’s imagination while developing the ability to listen, follow directions, and perform tasks—which can be critical in developing logic and math skills later on.

#5: Composure

Adults encounter situations where our patience is tested virtually every day. To be able to cope with the real world, children must have opportunities to practice the social skill of patience. By learning through role modeling and social experiences, preschool-aged children develop patience and learn to wait for their turn. Examples might include sharing a toy or waiting in line for a game on the playground.

No matter what challenges they face, our private tutors are always available to help your child succeed. Please contact us for more information.