Preschool education is important. That is an unspoken truth that you, as a parent, subscribe to.
The tricky situation is finding comprehensive answers to difficult questions such as:
“What is a good pre-school education?”
“How important is reading?”
“How do I prepare my child for primary school?”
Here, Academic Director of The Learning Lab’s Early Years Programme, Sue Lynn Lee, shares her thoughts on the three major concerns parents of preschool children face.
3 Concerns Of Early Years Parents, Answered.
1. Building Up Reading and Writing Skills
“At the Kindergarten 2 level, being able to read is important. Some households focus less on reading and books. When children can’t read, they struggle with math problem sums and they won’t be able to follow written instructions. Being able to read makes a big, positive difference.” — Lee Sue Lynn
Throughout your child’s preschool education, he or she will need to build up reading and writing skills that are pivotal to his or her ability to communicate with others.
A good programme will cover the basic elements of reading and writing including letter recognition, letter sounds, word families and phonemic awareness. Language skills are not just essential for English, they are also important in building a confidence in mathematics.
Read More: 30 Tips To Prepare Your Child For Primary 1
2. Adapting To A New Environment
“Nursery 2 and Kindergarten 1 children often struggle with being in a classroom setting and away from their parents. For children, moving past this barrier is great training for school. It helps them to ease into a new environment when they begin primary school.” — Lee Sue Lynn
A good preschool education prepares your child for the new experiences that await him or her in formal education. It will have a great environment that promotes safety, learning, interaction and communication.
Helping your child to adapt to the environment of a classroom doesn’t just involve ensuring he or she has an adequate attention span, but also that he or she is able to follow the changes in pacing throughout a lesson.
A credible preschool programme allows your child to have a mix of activities within a lesson, incorporating visual, kinaesthetic, aural and read-write stimuli to build cognitive and gross motor skills.
Read More: Is Your Child A Visual Learner?
3. Cultivating A Strong Interest In Learning
“Parents play a big role in having conversations with their kids. Parents are busy, no doubt. But introducing topics to the kids really helps. Sometimes, kids come in talking about cars and pandas and things that they are interested in — it makes a difference in the confidence level and communication ability of the child.” — Lee Sue Lynn
Your preschool child is exploring the world around him or her. Asking questions to seek answers is a large part of learning — it is also a wonderful way to help your child see that learning is all around us, in our everyday experiences.
Talking to your child about the events of a family day out or even about animals, events and places your child is interested in helps him or her to recognise that learning, in itself, is a joy.
Early Years At The Learning Lab
Our Early Years Programme will give your preschool child the opportunity to begin his or her education journey in a nurturing environment.
Lessons encompass a variety of teaching methods in order to captivate, educate and enrich your child. Find out more about the available programmes for your child today.
Watch this short video to find out more.