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Smart Guide for Parents: Early Childhood Education

Education starts early. This is one important aspect of childhood education that all parents must come to know. 

When does Education Start?

Educators say early childhood education begins before a boy or girl turns eight years of age. This is the period when the child undergoes the fastest stage of growth and intellectual development. The human brain progresses quicker than any other time in a person’s lifetime. In short, these formative years are crucial to kids. 

The basis for a child’s social capabilities; self-respect; moral point of view; improvement of cognitive talents, and insights on society are firmed up during these years of early childhood education. Yes, advanced youth development is vital to the youngster’s overall intellectual, physical, social, and emotional evolution to get the most out of their maturity.

What Parents should understand?

Pre-school kids are not like grown-up students (8 years and above). These children’s needs are relatively unique. Both parents and educators must understand this and remain patient in watching over them. Getting separated from their moms is not easily especially for a four-year old toddler. 

Teachers must be ready to guide them in this period of transition. The teacher becomes the substitute for the mother. Effective mentors can adjust fast to their pupils’ emotional responses. Early education teachers must also be resourceful and adaptive. This is more of thinking outside their mature standpoint and fit into the kids’ shoes. Finally, the teacher needs to think of novel techniques in guiding the young ones in their initial learning steps.

Major Benefits of Early Education

  • Early education for children encourages comprehensive development. This methodology prepares young girls and boys for their adult lives. Teachers are expected to provide all-out support with appropriate activities and programs.
  • It generates eagerness for continuous learning. Lessons in early education must be full of fun and stimulating. The teacher with parents’ assistance must motivate their wards to love and value education. 
  • This is a cornerstone for teaching the importance of respect for elders, friends and fellow students. Respect must not be limited to people but things and especially the environment. 
  • Early learning demonstrates and inculcates the need for cooperation or collaboration. This includes showing consideration for the opinions of other persons, listening to what colleagues say, cooperating with other persons, and the importance of fairness.
  • Mentors and parents must work closely to make the kids stronger. This toughness does not refer to physical resilience alone. It means teaching the kids to grow their skills to manage emotions. Teachers must create a thought-provoking environment where pupils learn from their actual experiences. It is normal for them to get bruised once in a while or lose a game. The experience prepares youngsters for real-life challenges as they grow older. 
  • This is the period when tots become familiar with the significance of concentration. They must learn how to follow instructions, make new friends, take active part in group undertakings, and discover new things. 

There may be a plethora of approaches in early childhood education. The key is for kids to gain from this kind of education during their early years.

Erkut N.