5 valuable Social Skills that Preschool offers
It’s no secret that sending your child to preschool can help them ease into and prepare them for kindergarten. In most cases, Preschool is the first "school” experience your child will have (unless they are coming from an educational childcare setting prior to that).
Enrolling at an early learning center, such as KidsFirst before the age of 3 will help your child learn many things that will aid them going forward in their school career. It helps them transition to daily routines, scheduling, and the concept of group learning. Interactions with more children of the same age are as beneficial for your child as they are for parents in their lives.
During their time at preschool, kids have the chance to hone crucial educational, emotional, and social skills. Here are 5 social skills your kids will learn at preschool.
1. Making Friends
Kids can’t make friends if they don’t have access to their peers, which is one of the reasons enrolling your child in preschool is so important. In addition to meeting kids who are close to their age and may share the same interests, children will have the chance to enjoy fun activities together.
When kids play together, they will inevitably have to share at some point. Fortunately, being exposed to the concept of sharing and being able to practice can help your child master the concept. Preschool teachers help to reinforce sharing lessons by carefully monitoring play and working hard to make things fair.
3. Conflict Resolution
Disagreeing is part of life, and it is important for children to understand how to get along with people they might be having a hard time with. In addition to learning about important concepts like taking turns, being patient, and overcoming challenges without mom or dad present are a big ingredient to preparing for and being successful in school. Kids will also learn how to make up with their friends; promoting and maintaining crucial relationships from an early age.
4. Recognizing Emotions
On a daily basis, children encounter situations that may make them happy, sad, angry, confused, or any other common human emotion. As part of learning as an individual and as a group of children, your child will experience these emotions, and eventually understand how to overcome and deal with daily challenges. As part of a classroom setting, being with children of the same age each day and interacting with same-age children helps them recognize these emotions easier over time, aswell as overcome them.
5. Asking Questions and Seeking Answers
By allowing each child to develop at their own pace and see the world through their own eyes, they are more welcomed to ask questions without hesitation. In turn, they learn to be more inquisitive, and get the answers they need to learn. This process is prompted by strong teacher/child interactions, planned age-appropriate schedules, and fun hands-on activities.
What preschools do that gymnastics and music classes don't is teach kids how to be students. Your child will learn how to raise her hand, take turns, and share the teacher's attention. KidsFirst is happy to promote kindergarten readiness through our classrooms and stands behind our pre-school teachers and programs. We love to see parents and children come back after leaving our program and hearing how much they cherished their experiences at KidsFirst.