Yes, there is a difference between the students that have attended preschool and those that have not. In fact studies date back to the 60's that have shown a lasting impact. We know that even daycare can help with socializing kids (so can neighborhood playgroups and cousin time) helping them learn to take turns, to give and take.
But we also know now that playing plays a part in learning to read, to see and build context, and to increase vocabulary. It also can help with developing self regulation skills like controlling emotions. After all it can be frustrating sometimes when someone isn't playing what you want to play, or the way you want to play.
Plus it's an opportunity to start building handwriting skills, by building those hand muscles and fine motor skills. Even helping identify those kids that are left handed and getting them the correct scissors for actual success in cutting.
Preschool also gives kids access to early math skills, from sorting to counting and number recognition.
And preschool is for a shorter period of time each day, and many times isn't even a full week program. That means the children have more time at home, and just being kids; and can enjoy the fun of early education while making strides that can be seen all the way through their academic years.
Safe and happy travels!
Have you checked out Over The Bay Pre-K yet? It's a virtual Pre-K Classroom and it's affordable too!
We know the key to success starts way before school, and Pre-K to the end of Third Grade is the significant foundation for learning success.
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