The decision on whether or not to send your child to pre-school can be difficult. Separation anxiety can occur in both the child as well as the parent. However, preschool can help you and your child grow in many ways other than learning foundational social skills and academic skills.
For many children, pre-school is the first time in a structured setting. This environment allows to learn how to follow instructions and respecting authority outside of the home. This structured environment allows children to make friends, learn to share and develop social skills to allow children to play with others. It allows them to expand their social development, teaching them emotional skills such as self-control and anger management.
Other skills that are learned throughout pre-school are decision-making skills, problem-solving skills, independence, and property ownership. Being around other children also helps increase verbal communication skills, expands vocabulary and promotes learning about cultures. More importantly, a pre-school environment provides an academic institution where they will learn pre-math and pre-literacy skills that are required for kindergarten but it’s also is a place where children can feed their curious nature. And if you still weren’t convinced, pre-schools also help children learn fine motor skills such as cutting with scissors, threading and gross motor skills like hand-eye coordination and running.