Why is early childhood education important? A common question regarding children, is it not? Some believe that it is an unnecessary pressure on the young ones, and it is better to let them enjoy their formative years as much as possible. Others might view investing in early childhood education as an irrelevant expense. However, any form of preschool education can be fun, mind-enriching, and definitely worth it!
Why Preschool Education Matters
According to research conducted by the Rauch Foundation (a foundation that focuses on sparking and sustaining early successes in children), 85% of the human brain is developed by the time a person is five-years-old. Thus, the formative years are an excellent time for learning, with the mind being able to absorb a great deal of information, like a sponge. Preschool education helps to develop a child’s cognitive ability, ensuring that the child is better prepared for the higher education levels in future.
Additionally, through preschool education, children are likely to develop a lifelong passion for learning, and they would also learn vital social skills such as cooperation and self-confidence. In a preschool environment, children will meet others of their age and have the opportunity to interact with others. On top of that, children will be nurtured into independent learners, develop turn-taking skills, and learn how to cooperate with others.
Developing Fundamental Skills From Young
How exactly does preschool education build a child’s foundation? Well, to begin with, this early childhood learning comprises classroom activities that help children develop necessary motor skills. Activities like walking, running, holding a pencil, and picking up objects. These may seem simple to us, but such activities are vital to children’s physical development, as they help to strengthen children’s fine and gross motor skills.
The preschool environment supports children to interact with their peers and further develop soft skills such as empathy and patience. The early childhood expert, Laurie Beane, stated that soft skills and academic skills are equally important, and that both skill sets help children succeed in school and at work. As children learn from observing and copying their surroundings, by teaching them empathy, they would learn to view from others’ perspectives, and so become more aware of the consequences of their actions. Also, as children are prone to emotional outbursts as they learn new things, teaching them patience will enable them to learn how to manage their frustrations, as well as how to successfully navigate difficult situations. As their minds are like sponges, they could absorb these lessons better, and that would leave a lasting impact on them even as they grow. Hence, preschool education helps children to better develop their self-control and their capacity for consideration.
Lastly, through the activities in preschool, children will develop hard skills which will improve their language proficiency. Through the activities in preschool education and teachers’ feedback, children will learn how to properly express themselves through spoken words and body language, and so master the art of effective communication. Also, through their lessons and given tasks, they will learn to focus, concentrate, and analyse given or learned information to reach conclusions, and so master the art of effectively analysing information.
With this foundation built at an early age, your child will have a better head start in entering formal education, for their minds have already absorbed a wealth of fundamental soft and hard skills. To begin with, they already possess a level of literacy and numeracy skills that would enable them to better manage the higher education levels. They also have well-developed social skills that allow them to effectively engage with others, and their enthusiasm for lifelong learning has already been nurtured, helping them to become effective learners and drive them towards academic successes. Research has also shown that children who attended a preschool education are better prepared for school than those who did not.
To end off, a child’s formative years are the best time to start their journey of learning, and early childhood education can be a rewarding experience to both children and parents!
EDOOVO is Here for All Children
And where best to kickstart your child’s preschool learning? EDOOVO! EDOOVO is an online enrichment learning platform designed to supplement your child’s school curriculum and expand their learning. Taught by academically qualified and dedicated teachers, there is guaranteed interaction and two-way communication between teachers and children, with games, activities, and learning rewards to ensure your child works and plays hard! Also, our lesson materials relate directly to your child’s school needs, as we have adapted the MOE framework and use it as a guideline in the execution of our classes.
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“My son enjoys attending his EDOOVO classes. The classes are interactive and the teachers are very nice and patient with the kids!” (Zong Wenbo, Parent of EDOOVO)
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