_First Steps Academy provides a caring environment in which children can grow socially, emotionally, mentally and creatively while maintaining the integrity of smarts. In this environment children discover the inherent goodness in all that they are. It is an atmosphere in which children can learn to live effectively with themselves and others, while experiencing many chances for success and excellence. In a world that grows more competitive each day, the staff of First Steps assist the children to experience happiness and success in a sportsmanship and teamwork environment. This is done by making material available in an interesting, exciting manner so children can be children; free to play, explore and imagine over the course of a child oriented day.
Why Pre-School is A Good Idea
Preschool helps prepare children academically for kindergarten. Most preschools focus on learning letters, numbers, shapes, days of the week, etc. When a child attends preschool, they get the basics down, the things they should know before going to kindergarten if they want to be academically successful.
Preschool helps children learn how to interact in a group. Many children who are preschool age have not had significant experience with working in a group dynamic, having to share both items and attention.Preschool is a great structured setting where children learn how to interact in a group. Preschool helps children learn how to be away from their parent without anxiety. Many children suffer separation anxiety when they enter kindergarten if they have not had something that took them away from their parents at regular intervals during the week. Preschool is a great pre-cursor to something longer and daily.
Preschool helps children learn how to socialize appropriately in a school setting. To many children the idea of listening when someone else is talking, and raising their hand to speak or make a comment is foreign. This can lead to a lot of disciplinary problems when they enter the regular school system if they do not get some practice.
Preschool broadens your child’s exposure to outside germs. While this might sound crass, it is important for a child to begin building immunity against the many different viruses that abound in public. Exposure to the minor colds and bugs of youth can strengthen your child’s immune system in the long run.
Preschool helps children learn that there are authority figures outside their home that they need to respect and listen to. It gives them some experience with having a teacher that they learn from, and a parent to help reinforce the things the teacher teaches.
Preschool helps children learn to share attention with peers. For many children the only person/people they have to share attention with is siblings and family members. When they want mom or dads attention they simply talk to them. At school, several students have to share the attention of just one teacher. Preschool is a great place for a child to learn this as classes are typically smaller, and there are fewer students vying for the spotlight.
Preschool helps children learn to be more independent, particularly with things like using the bathroom, putting on coats and shoes, etc. Because mom and dad are not there to be depended on, children learn to utilize skills they may not otherwise. This is an important part of growing up, and one parents often do not recognize that they are stunting.
Preschool prepares children for consistent schedules when in school. When a child enters kindergarten they can’t just stay up as late as they want, or wake whenever they want, etc. they have to learn to follow a schedule. Preschool helps children adjust to this and realize that when in school they can’t just eat and play when they want, but must wait for the appropriate times.
Preschool helps children learn some academic and social responsibility. They learn to keep track of their backpacks and art work, to do homework, etc. Overall preschool prepares them for at least the next 12 years and we hope to make it less problematic for them striving for success.