Benefits of preschool for 3 year olds
- The academic expectations for kindergartners have changed over the past few years. Elementary teachers and reading specialist teachers explain that kindergarteners are expected to enter kindergarten writing their first and last names and able to identify the alphabet by sight and sound.
- The 3 year old class will allow children to master separation from mom or dad, learn to take turns, and follow rules and simple directions. They will also learn how to sit and listen, participate in circle time and interact socially with their peers.
- These experiences will help them to be ready to jump right into learning in the 4 year old class, so that they can:
- learn the alphabet by sight and sound
- write their first and last names
- learn numbers and counting
One parent's story:
I work from home. Therefore I had a mindset that my son, Rory, would not need to go to preschool. But a few months after he turned three, Rory showed me signs that he would benefit form other adult role models in his life. He also needed socialization with kids his own age. It was only two days a week, but the impact it had on Rory's social development was huge. He started following rules better, listening and waiting more patiently. He got excited about school days and would talk about his friends at school. Rory and I mastered the "goodbye" only a few weeks in. That big smile on his face when he saw me waiting for him after school is a priceless lmoment I will never forget. Rory is currently in the 4-year-old program and since he developed early social sills last year, he is excelling more academically this year, which in turn will make for a very smooth trnasition to kindergarten in the fall for both of us!