Benefits of Preschool
Speech and Language
The first 3 years of life, when the brain is developing and maturing, is the most intensive period for acquiring speech and language skills. These skills develop best in a world that is rich with sounds, sights, and consistent exposure to the speech and language of others. The development of speech and language refers to the skills children use to understand and communicate with others. Language development helps your child communicate what they want and how they feel. It also is crucial to their thought process; problem-solving, and forming relationships with others.
Gross and Fine Motor
Fine motor skills involve movement of the smaller muscle groups in your child's hands, fingers, and wrists. Gross motor skills involve movement of the larger muscle groups, like the arms and legs. It's these larger muscle groups that allow babies to sit up, turn over, crawl, and walk. By age 4, your child's movements are becoming steadier and skills are becoming more refined. They like to examine objects, explore and use tools. They will be interested in more active and rougher games.
Interactions serve a variety of important roles for preschoolers. Throughout the day, as they watch, imitate, model, and interact with each other, preschoolers learn to share, solve problems, and collaborate. They also build friendships that promote positive social and emotional development.
Preschoolers are curious, easily distracted, keen on independence and still developing self-regulation. Preschool helps your child learn about getting along with others and following rules. Common preschooler behavior concerns are tantrums, habits, lying and anxiety.
When children engage in real‐life and imaginary activities, play can challenge children's thinking. Children learn best through first-hand experiences—play motivates, stimulates and supports children in their development of skills, concepts, language acquisition, communication skills, and concentration.
Our senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch) tell us about our environment. Our senses receive information from both inside and outside of our bodies. Sensory integration refers to how our senses work together to organize and process incoming information from the world around us.