Why is preschool so important? Why do some parents feel that because they didn’t attend preschool; that it’s not important for their child to attend either?
Preschool is the foundation for early childhood development which can help to shape your child’s future and develop their social skills. Research shows that during this time of a child’s life; their young minds are within the molding stage and can help to determine the child’s future success. Many parents struggle with understanding what information their child should be learning by the age of 3 and 4. Many parents are missing the importance of starting to work with children once they begin to talk. I can honestly say that my mother took advantage of sending me off to school by the age of 3. I used to laugh looking at my photos during my early childhood days and realized that my mother had me in school forever. I literally went all year around; but I became pretty smart as a young child and the early childhood programs and my mom are to be credited.
Working at home with your child is very important and let me tell you how affordable the products are that you can buy. The Dollar Stores and other discount stores are known for selling flashcards, workbooks, writing manuscripts etc for as low as $1.00. I’ve also ordered things from Oriental Trading which offers discounted learning materials to make things fun for children. You’d be surprised to know that investing $1-20.00 in learning materials, can buy you some good educational items from some of these places mentioned. Now I do realize that some will say that often times children from low income families aren’t able to afford these things; however my response to this statement is: “people can get the things that they really want – if they put their mind to it.” Parents may have to sacrifice cutting back on the nail and hair salons as well as entertainment when it comes to investing in their young child’s future. Oh …I also forgot, that parents should cut back on some of the toys and replace some of them with educational materials that will be of more value to their child. Visit your local children’s museum to see what other forms of learning are out there for young children to grasp as well.
Now here’s some good news to those of you who may not know this tid bit of information. Every state has some funding for preschool. So, if you have a child that is approaching age 4; start researching at least 6-8 months ahead of time to find out about the nearest preschool programs within your area. Inquire about putting your child’s name on a waiting list on 1-3 schools in the area that you qualify for. Now of course when you are notified about your child making the list for entrance into a preschool program; you’ll need to remove his or her name off of the other programs that you’ve signed them up for. In the event that you’re able to send your child to preschool for free;then this will save you money on childcare expense and create a foundation of learning and social skills for your child to develop from.
Parents of young children, please pay close attention to some of the various news stories that are heard each day. “There are more crimes being committed by youth now more than ever.” There is a huge drop out rate amongst high school students nationwide. Teenage pregnancies are on the rise. The numbers of students attending college and graduating are on the decline as well. Now one may ask how does a child attending preschool have anything to do with these problems being reported on the news? Well I’m glad that you asked. Please allow me to share with you how the two subjects relate. At the age of 4 – medical studies report that a child is within their molding stage. The seeds that you are able to plant within a young child’s mind can create a world of difference in their outlook on life. When a child is taught to look towards the future that holds a brighter tomorrow – then they have something of value to desire and long for. Statistics show that most children who dropped out of high school never attended preschool which is intended to be their learning foundation for life. The question that parents of preschool age children must ask themselves is; will my child one day become apart of the problem facing our youth or the solution to helping change our youth? The choice is yours. My name is S. “Smiles” Grayer and I approve this message.