The government should build more preschools because they have many benefits for social and emotional behavior of kids and families. It has been observed that children’s best learning capabilities appear earlier before the normal age of 5-6 when they join kindergarten. Between the age of 2 and 5, children start to develop social behaviors and learn to interact with peers. Preschools will lay a good foundation for the child’s social life in addition to improving their general knowledge. It is important for the government setup these schools for the good future of all citizens. This is generally because when the children turn three, they meet people and participate in children activities of play where they acquire skills that will be essential for life. This is hence a very crucial part in the growth of the child as it sets the pace for what kind of person the child will be.
Children are generally curious as they are sensitive. They will test anything they find at this age. It is of paramount importance that at this stage, they get the right mentors which are what preschool offers. In view of this, the sensitivity of this stage thus makes it a requirement for every child.
In terms of the children’s social growth, children who had gone to preschool had a better social life and were thus successful in society. A study that used a sample of 1000 mostly black people in Chicago found out that they had fewer arrest files due to lower drug abuse and also had better jobs. The sample had been done on low income earners for 25 years. Chicago has thus managed to raise good citizens in the Chicago’s intensive Child-Parent Center Education.
The program is public-funded and it mainly focuses on building self-confidence, scholastic skills and general language development. The program entail’s two years of half-day preschool that serve’s children from 2-3 years and up to four more years of educational and family services as part of the program. The Preschool teachers are all holders of college degrees and have been certified in the field of early childhood education. The program also encourages parent involvement as it plays a vital role in the child’s overall growth. The fact that children are taken out of the care of their mothers and find the caring hands of a comolete stranger gives them the motivation to work hard and be well-behaved. Such children will end up being independence and will most likely join university and avoid drugs.
In as much as grade school acts as an added advantage that adds more knowledge through intensive reading instruction the research concluded that the most success encountered in the sample especially in the social standards was due to the initial two years at preschool. The two years had built in the children intellectual skills, facilitated social adjustment and motivated the children to better navigate in their new and risk-free environments. Arthur Reynolds of the University of Minnesota, who led the research, also observed that the differences between the two groups were very meaningful and were quite a saving for the pre-schooled ones.
In 2011, the average cost for 18 months for a child is $9000. A CCORDING TO Reynolds, this could multiply ten times over in benefits for a child who does not engage in bad behavior due to early mentoring. He states that no other program has reaped so well for both youths and children and thus he recommends it.
The probability of a child who had attended preschool engaging in acts of crime is much lower than those who did not (Shergill). The probability that a child will graduate increases by 29% when they go through preschool. This in essence means that they get to plan their lives well and are thus less likely to be involved in criminal activity.
A research was done on a sample 113 children who had attended preschool. A year later, 34 of these children were assessed for eight months with the help of parents. The research aimed to find out how play behavior, language competence and problematic behavior were related. It was found out that there was a relation between the parents rating of the child’s play performance, problem behavior, and also the teachers rating of play behavior in the first instance. Ratings of play were well related to the child’s language competence. However, the ratings of problem behavior did not relate to language competence.
Many development theorists have found out that children’s play is a basic ingredient in the child’s acquisition of basic life skills. Games help in social expressions that include problem solving, how to communicate with others and empathy. The research might have only focused on a sample of low income African American children, but it goes a long way to show the implications of play at home and at school and language competence on the growth of a child. It also shows how the three are related and emphasizes the importance of play and parent involvement in the child’s growth.
The communication skills of the children were tested and it has been suggested that better communication led to a better social life in and out of class. Children in preschool are encouraged to speak their mind. This is a key component in the child’s growth as a bigger percentage of children are shy at first. For a child to completely open up, the child must be comfortable with the environment around her. Teachers and parent were thus tasked giving the children that much required confidence.
The education children gain from homes is best at that point. At this level, this is the best education but its potential is very limited. This is basically because children are very comfortable in this environment. At this level, they need to be exposed to the world so as to learn to interact with new people. This is where preschool fills the gap by providing the avenue for interaction. (Denham et al)
In preschools, teamwork is encouraged thus teaching children to interact at a very early age. They are also able to learn from one another which is an integral part in early growth. The communication growth is also vital for communicating with teachers and parents. The children could come from different backgrounds hence its vital to have a common way of communicating.
Good learning habits are also taught at preschools. An integral part in the preschool program is to create the desire to learn. Knowing that the children are very young and like experimenting, the learning is made appealing and interesting to the children. It motivates the children to work hard to be the best and to better themselves as students and as human beings. This interesting ways of learning seek to keep the children attentive as they can get bored very easily.
The significance of a healthy body is stressed in the balance created by preschool teachers. A healthy body makes for a healthy mind. In children this is even truer and preschools have taken in play activity to create the perfect balance. Outdoor activities are a part of the two year curriculum and see the children engaging in outdoor activities that are well bundled with class work. This gives the children the perfect balance of learning and fun.
Children who were rejected by peers at an early age, shows higher rates of antisocial behavior years later according to a research done. In the study where 34% were African American, 1259 children between age 6 and 12 were taken as the sample. It was found that a bigger percentage of those who had undergone per rejection grew aggressive Rejection was attributed to be a big cause of aggressive even in children in kindergarten. This would lead to antisocial behaviors among the group. There is thus a direct link that can be cut by taking the children to preschools where they learnt to interact with other and were thus more accepted. With the communication barrier broken especially at an early age, little or no rejection was faced.
In the first study, the study was meant to find out the effect of rejection the new children would face over a period of four years. In the second study, a larger group was used. The results were duplicated even on the larger scale with hence proving that the rejection even on new students would in a span of four years lead to more aggressive children because of the social implication rejection had on the children.
In conclusion, the importance of preschool to a child’s growth and future cannot be stressed further. Preschool thus is a pathway to better future in terms of personal principles and educational future.