As a parent, you want to make sure you’re doing what’s best for your little ones, especially when it comes to their education and setting them up to have a great future. Preschool is usually a good step in that direction, but if you’re wondering if it actually does benefit your childreb—and how—then you’ve come to the right place. The Creative Learning Academy has done some research into this matter, and we share some of the results with you here.
Benefits of preschool on academic success
Perhaps the biggest concern many parents have beyond their child’s health and happiness is their academic success. You want to do everything possible to help them through school with flying colors, but does preschool really help with that?
One study we found involved the TOP project, or The Opportunity Project, which gave kids high-quality, early education opportunities , and measured their successes from infancy through fourth grade, comparing the results to a control sample of similar kids who hadn’t had the early education the TOP participants did. The study found that, by fourth grade, the TOP group scored significantly higher on math and reading tests, had much better attendance, and those with special needs were identified earlier and moved back into mainstream classes sooner.
Another article addressed several similar studies, including the Carolina Abecedarian Project and the Chicago Child-Parent Centers study. In the Abecedarian study, children in the program received high-quality, full-time care from infancy to the age of five, and the study checked on their academic and social standings periodically up to age 21. It was found that those who had taken part in the program were less likely to repeat a grade, less likely to require special needs classes, more likely to graduate high school by the age of 19, and more likely to attend college than those in the control group who hadn’t received the program. The Chicago CPC study found similar results: Through age 21, the treatment group was more likely to graduate high school on time and less likely to have been involved in special education.
Academic benefits aren’t the only benefits preschool and early education can give your child. In the TOP study, they found that the participants in the study had fewer discipline referrals, used significantly more appropriate behavior, were much better at social interactions, and were significantly more emotionally mature than their classmates who hadn’t participated in the project. In the CPC study, it was found that those that participated in the program were also less likely to have been involved in juvenile crimes than those who hadn’t.
The bottom line here is that there is definitely a direct correlation between early education and academic achievement, and while correlation does not always equal causation, the sheer number of studies available that have found the same results suggest that academic achievement is directly affected by early education. Not only that, but preschool and other high-quality forms of early education can cause other developmental benefits, like better social, behavioral, and emotional skills, including a lessened risk of crime involvement. Places like the Creative Learning Center truly benefit your children, and the earlier you get them started, the better their chances of success. Preschool isn’t just a nonchalant step to let you get some hours in at work while your child has supervised playtime; preschools help your child in numerous ways across all fields of development, and they have lasting effects on your child’s success.
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Only children can be fantastically bright, creative, independent, and have higher confidence in themselves. These are all great traits you should be proud your child has, but sometimes,these traits get in the way of learning how to work, play, and share with others. Social skills like these are essential in today’s world, so it’s important to make sure your child is learning the proper people skills to be able to handle challenges the world and others may throw at them, from group projects in school to working with a team of others at a job. The Creative Learning Academy sees these issues quite often, and we’ve gathered some important information about fostering a teamwork ethic in an only child.
The missing trait
As mentioned above, children with no siblings tend to be much more independent than those with brothers and sisters. They are also better academic achievers and can sometimes be more demanding and private than others. While none of these are necessarily bad things, all of them can help contribute to a loss of social interest and a resistance to teamwork and the concept of sharing. Teaching your only child teamwork helps her learn to think about others, as well as take responsibility for her actions. Empathy is an essential trait to making it in the world, and teamwork helps cultivate empathy. The ability to think about others’ needs or wants and work peacefully with them in a team setting is one of the most-needed traits in today’s workforce, and it will help your child become a well-rounded person.
So how do you do it?
Socializing your children can help dramatically with teamwork skills. Signing them up for group activities like sports, clubs, or dancing classes can help them learn how to be around and work with other children their age, as well as have some fun in the process. Taking them to playdates or daycare centers can help, too. Watching shows or movies and reading books that focus on teamwork and helping others is another good way to let them learn about the benefits and necessity of working with other people. Playing games that require work in teams will also foster a feeling of team involvement, and common games like the two-legged race or egg drop can be a fun way to incorporate group activities into your kid’s life. Most importantly, make teamwork a focal point of your home. Show your child that your household thrives off of everyone’s participation and cooperation. Let your child do chores, encourage him to compliment others when they do a good job, and ask him to help you or a family member with a task. Letting your child see how you help others and encouraging him to do the same are key to getting your child to appreciate and enjoy teamwork, and it can keep loneliness and self-centeredness at bay.
The family as team
Good traits start at home. Centering your family around the concept of teamwork can help your only child see the value and importance of it. Make her feel like she’s part of the team and essential to keeping things running through small tasks and chores, and she’ll feel needed and useful, as well as recognize that everyone else does their part, too. Group activities like volunteer work or sports can further grow an appreciation of teamwork in your only child, as well as teach her other important social and life skills. Preschools and daycares like the Creative Learning Academy are other great ways to teach only children about teamwork and help them build meaningful bonds. Just doing a few of these things can make a visible difference in your child, one she’ll appreciate it when she’s older.
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