If you think pre-kindergarten education is all play and no learning, think again.
It’s actually a combination of both.
“Preschool is not just about the sandbox anymore,” said Belinda Lies, director of Kiddie Campus in Yorkville. “As elementary school becomes more rigorous, so does preschool.”
Children are expected to learn certain skills in preschool that help prepare them for their transition into elementary school. And it’s through play in preschool that they develop those skills.
At Kiddie Campus, parents will find a curriculum which focuses on verbal and cognitive development, all in a fun learning environment.
“Sandboxes, doll houses, climbers, and pirate ships will always be an important part of early education,” Lies said. “Play builds a strong sense of self-confidence. It also helps to develop listening, negotiating, and compromising skills.”
That’s why enrolling your child in a preschool program, especially one that incorporates puppets, pictures, music, games, and books to capture attention and foster the imagination, is essential.
“It is so important to understand the need to invest in very young children. Early childhood education improves social skills. It also builds a strong foundation for the child’s physical, mental, emotional, and social development which prepares them for a lifetime,” Lies said.
Kids with a strong sense of self-worth feel competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and feel worthy of success and happiness. That’s because early childhood programs also enable children to develop their self-esteem.
“It comes from several sources, such as, school ability, athletic ability, friendships, relationships with teachers, and other helping and playing tasks,” Lies said. “Early education can also help children with their frustrations, and encourage their sense of worth.”