Things Your Child Should Be Learning in Preschool

Why is preschool important?

Preschool is the place where your child goes to learn the basics before he enters the world of the first and second grade. A child’s preschool is the building blocks of the child’s mental, emotional, physical, cognitive and intellectual development. At preschool, the child does not just learn the basics in English, science and mathematics and other important subjects, but also learns some creative arts like singing and dancing, music and theater, which will help develop the child’s creative abilities as well.

Personality development

Children will also learn to develop their personality, self-esteem, and ego in Playgroup. They will interact with other children of their own age and learn how to communicate and understand other kids. They will develop good habits like being clean and responsible as well as organized and careful with their belongings. Your child will also help establish a positive self-esteem about himself.

Even if the child makes mistakes, it doesn’t matter. The teacher should encourage the child to pick himself up, dust himself off and go on with his activities as if nothing happened. This way the child will learn to correct himself rather than having other people correct him all the time. Children who are corrected all the time for their mistakes grow up to be very shy and introverted and do not develop strong, positive and outgoing personalities.

Numbers and letters

Every child will learn the basics of their ABCs and 123s at preschool. They will learn to read and write all the 26 alphabets in the uppercase and lowercase. They will be given pencils to write out the letters and numbers and not pens. They will also learn how to write their own names and simple words, as well as form simple sentences using the letters and numbers.

They will also learn the connection between the letters and the sounds of the letters and numbers and will have to undergo multiple exercises to master the art of reading, writing and sounding the letters and numbers. They will learn how to count numbers from 1 to 10 or maybe up to a 100. They will also learn the basic multiplication tables.

Objects, colors, and shapes

The child will be given multiple types of objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors and will have to identify the objects like pencils, boxes, play toys and other things. They will also indulge in cutting, drawing, sketching and painting activities to develop their motor skills and good hand-eye coordination.

Preschools in Singapore organize fun playgroups for the children to learn all these things and much more at their first preschool.

Why Are Playing Sessions Involved In A Nursery Curriculum?

The pre-school or nursery curriculum is not about teaching ABCs, numbers, language basics and engaging kids throughout the day. It is about making those little individuals more independent. That is the reason many nursery schools in Singapore add a compulsory playing session into the daily timetable of the curriculum. The teachers, staff and the management of the early education strongly believe that a regular session of children being left to their own devices while playing will have so many benefits that lead to the wholesome development of a child. Check those benefits.

The top benefits –

Child initiated

Concentration – A child’s cognitive skills are developed when the child is allowed to play all by himself or herself. When any adult sees the kids playing around with those little or big sensory materials available around them, they think they are just doing it playfully. No! They have a strong reason for what they are doing and why they are doing it. Also, if observed, they never get bored of doing it for hours. Like making some den out of blanket or carpet or mat, making some models out of the bricks etc.

Social skills – Playing independently is made compulsory twice a week by most of the schools. This is to develop those social skills that these toddlers need to learn. Of course the teachers, staff and other assistants do have their eye on what they are doing, just to alert them in case of odd behavior or to avoid chances of hurting themselves. But, when allowed to play like this, children tend to learn how to do things on their own, responsibility and respecting others privacy too.

Teacher led

Activities of risk – When a teacher leads the games, children tend to get a scope of working with low risk prone activities, which otherwise the kids will not be able to do so. For example the teacher can arrange an activity or play of cooking with minimum cookery supplies like a plastic knife, cheese spreader, bowls etc. They can make a sandwich for themselves under the guidance of a teacher, if otherwise, who knows what they could do with those materials!

New concepts – Children cannot be led free to an outing spot like a zoo or park or garden. It is to these activities there is an absolute necessity of teacher. For example, when going to a zoo, they learn new variety of animals, they tend to see live of those animals and birds that they have already read about. As there is a teacher and staff behind them, they can take care that kids don’t provoke or tease the animals for fun, which might lead to them getting injured.

Vocabulary – Teacher-led games enhance the vocabulary of a child. For example if a child is making a salad with different varieties of fruits, they learn their names, spellings and add that to their vocabulary book. As the teacher talks more and involves the kids in these activities, children tend to frame small sentences and express themselves in a better way.