Friday, January 14, 2011
Preschool Or No Preschool
Children are a "tabula rosa" (a blank slate). Their minds are like little sponges, absorbing everything in their surroundings. They watch everything we do and they learn from us. Children learn through association. They are not capable of knowing what words and objects represent until we teach them what they represent. I don't really believe in bad children, I believe in bad parenting skills. We can either help them fill up their chalk board with positive learning experiences that will help them grow and be happy children or we can leave their chalk board blank and just allow them absorb their surroundings taking from it what they can.
I have never fully understood why so many parents are against putting their children in a daycares or learning centers. I personally prefer learning centers. I enrolled all my children in learning centers and they are all intelligent children. My two youngest were enrolled in all day kindergarten at the age of four. I don't regret giving them the opportunity to get a head start in school. They both excel in school and are honor roll students.
I was a preschool teacher in the past. I taught a classroom of three year old children. We were required to write lesson plans and teach the children. Children will amaze you. If given the opportunity they can learn amazing things at the age of three. If you are taking the time to teach your children at home, that can also be a wonderful thing. Just make sure you understand your child's full learning potential.
Obviously, not everyone feels daycare or learning centers are best for their children. I just think it is an option that should not be ruled out. Even if you don't want to enroll your children in for a full day, look into part time. See what is the best time of the day to bring your child. Children can learn valuable socialization skills and reach their full learning potential in learning centers. Let's not forget, it's fun to play with other children. If you do decide to educate your little one at home, you can find preschool lesson plans on line to help you educate your child and help make learning fun.