Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Pre-K Professional Development night hosted by the Elyria City School District. This is a great opportunity for early childhood education teachers to receive training from the Academic Services team at Elyria. One of the points of discussion was the myths and facts about preschool, so I thought I would share those with you today.
Myth: Preschool is not important in a child’s development
Fact: “Children who attend high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not” (National Institute for Early Education Research).
Myth: Preschools don’t do anything educational with children; children are “just playing”.
Fact: Play is the most effective way for a child to learn. As children engage in appropriate play, they learn to solve problems, get along with others and develop the fine and gross motor skills needed to grow and learn.
Myth: Preschool does not have a curriculum like Elementary and Secondary schools.
Fact: Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards have been crafted and are considered essential for children’s healthy development and preparedness for school (Ohio Department of Education).