Friday, March 30, 2007

Why You Should Think About Sending Your Toddler to Preschool

Are you the parent of a toddler? If you are, you may be wondering about preschool, as many parents like you do. Most preschools, in the United States, start accepting children into their programs when they are around three or four years of age. It has always been recommended that children attend preschool, but it is your decision to make because preschool is optional. As nice as this is, it may leave you wondering whether or not you should send your child to preschool.

The decision as to whether or not you want to send your child to preschool is yours to make, but you should know that preschool is important, as there are a number of benefits to attending. Those benefits are just a few of the many reasons why a large number of experts claim that preschool is important. If you are wondering just what the many benefits of sending your toddler to preschool are, you will want to read on.

Perhaps, one of the most important benefits of preschool is the social interaction. Although a large number of toddlers get social interaction from daycare, not all go to daycare. There are a large number of toddlers who are now spending their days at home with their parents or with other family members, as these methods are cheaper than paying for daycare. That is why preschool is needed in many cases. It is advised that all parents at least think about sending their toddlers to preschool, but those whose children have limited social interaction are seriously advised to consider it.

The rules that most preschools have are another one of the many benefits to sending your child to preschool. Preschools, like most elementary schools, have rules or guidelines that need to be followed. For instance, children are required to play well with others, sit in their seats during learning time, show teachers respect, and follow all given directions. Although most children are good at doing this, it can be fairly difficult for a three or a four year old to follow directions, especially directions given by a stranger. Most preschools know this; therefore, many tend to work on rule following in little steps. If you think that your children may have a hard time following the instructions of their kindergarten teacher, you may want to think about sending your child to preschool.

Educational learning is another benefit of attending preschool. When it comes to education and learning, it is important to remember that not all preschools are operated the same way. If you are looking for your child to walk away from preschool with more knowledge, you may want to examine the learning materials that will be taught and so forth. While different elementary schools vary, there are many schools that now have higher expectations for their kindergarteners. If your child is three or four years old and isn’t familiar with some of their colors or shapes, it may be best to either start working with them at home or send them to preschool.

The above mentioned preschool benefits are just a few of the many exist. As important as many experts say that preschool is, the decision as to whether or not you want to send your child is yours to make.

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