Starting a preschool is one of the first big decisions that parents should take in the early years of child’s life. Many parents are excited when they realize that their precious little ones are grown by leaps and bounds, and are ready to venture out into the big world. For a kid, getting involved into a new preschool environment can cause both excitement and anxiety. A child who gets used to being safe at home might experience mixed feelings, when entering an unfamiliar environment.
Kids Collective Preschool BlogYup, like nearly everyone else, the school has its own blog. But we hope to get to the heart of parents, in other words - YOU. These include informative articles about the following subjects that are at the center of the school's philosophy:
- The relationship between the family, school and our wider society in general.
- World trends in pre-school education.
- Your concerns about the healthy development of your child.
Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education makes a substantial emphasis on collaborative projects. Project work is something most students encounter at school or later at the university. However, nothing prevents you for taking on projects with your child much earlier. It could be a valuable way for kids to learn new things and present what they have already learned to their parents, teachers, and to each other. Children who are early engaged in project work show better command of creative tools and instruments used later in their studies. They easily proceed from exploration to representation, which has a positive impact on their development in late preschool years. Projects also effectively expand children’s vocabulary.
Maria Montessori once said: “Play is the work of the children”. Play and learning go hand in hand and they cannot be detached from each other. From the viewpoint of a child, play is a lab, where toys are tools. As kids play, they learn to develop new skills, solve problems and grasp the world around them. Whether children work on developing creative skills or establishing social relations, they deal with activities with a playful and tireless spirit.
Why Is Socialization So Important?
The role of social interaction in children’s development is hard to underestimate. It is vital for any human being at any age. Actually, the ability to communicate with others and form a society is what makes us human, and our personal happiness and success in life depends on how well we can integrate in the society.
Children’s imagination is a key to their future development. By imitating and making up things, kids learn how to act in the real world and model different situations and possible behaviors. However, some children tend to escape into a fantasy world, and their parents become seriously worried. How to prevent shrinking away from reality and promote healthy ways to use imagination? Montessori schools have an answer for that.
An essential part of the learning process at early formative years is interaction between children and their peers. The Montessori education approach considers multi-age grouping as a key factor of kids’ wholesome social development. In a prepared, supportive environment, children develop interdependence and a sense of social belonging, as well as learn how to be a part of a preschool family, where each child feels his/her value and is eager to bring contribution to the classroom community.
Choosing the way a child should be nurtured and educated is a sole responsibility of parents, whose decision will have a great impact on kids’ academic and social progress through adolescence and adulthood.
As a rule, before taking a particular education pathway, parents get to know how their children learn best and make sure the chosen philosophy align with their upbringing attitudes and practices. With a solid idea of what kids should gain from preschool experience, parents are expected to become active participants who provide consistency for children by supporting the chosen style of learning at home. Read more
The Reggio Emilia approach is a complex education model that, along with parent-teacher involvement, emphasizes the role of the environment that evokes children’s curiosity, creativity, and wonder. However, as a third teacher, the Reggio Emilia environment is not alive in a way that a human is – rather it is considered to arise as a result of personal work and imagination. Read more
Reading and writing are one of the most essential milestones in the life of young children. These are two indispensable developmental skills that influence kids’ ability to communicate and make their way in the world of advanced learning. Basically, without these skills we wouldn’t be able to express ourselves and put our ideas on paper that can be useful to ourselves and other people. Read more
When kids reach preschool age, they begin to make sense of what they see, feel and experience by using their minds and bodies. They observe things and gather information, build theories and test them out, refine their thoughts through interaction with adults and peers. At such a young age, kids burn off a plenty of energy and satisfy their thirst for knowledge in every way. It should be the right time for parents to put their children in extracurricular activities, which guide kids’ energies in the right direction. Read more