I was recently on the question and answer forum Quora, and someone had asked how early childhood education correlates with a child’s future success. There are many ways early childhood education helps foster the future success of children. They learn basics like the alphabet, numbers, letters, shapes, and colors. They also learn things like socialization, how to get along, leadership and much more. Here are the top 10 reasons why early childhood education fosters future success in children.
Top 10 Reasons Why Early Childhood Education Fosters Success in Children.
1. Learning the basics-Children learn the basics of education like the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors. They also learn much more like the months of the year, the days of the week, the current year, and the weather. This helps them be better prepared for kindergarten.
2. Socialization-Kids learn to socialize and how to get along with others. They learn how to get along in groups as well as with each other individually. This is especially helpful for only children who don’t have brothers and sisters. Learning how to socialize helps kids all throughout their lives.
3. How to listen-Kids learn how to be active participants in listening. They have to hear to know what is going to happen next or what is going on. Learning how to listen helps them be successful in life.
4. How to follow directions-As we all know, following directions is a big part of life, from having success at our jobs to cooking from a recipe to obeying traffic laws. Kids learn to follow instructions in all kinds of ways, from doing an art project to what door to line up by to what to do during a fire drill.
5. Sharing-Children learn how to share in daycare when they are playing together and if there is a problem, are typically allowed to work it out for themselves. Except in extreme instances where someone is being hurt.
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6. Learning from others-Kids learn from each other how to act and behave. Sometimes the worst kid in the class can teach others what not to do. There are other times when a kid doesn’t want to sit on the potty chair, but when they see others do it, they become interested.
7. Compassion-Emotional intelligence is just as valuable as being smart. Kids learn to be compassionate when they are around others. I have seen a child fall and hurt themselves, and all their friends gather around to make sure they are okay. Usually at least one goes with them to tell the teacher what happened.
8. Empathy-Children are very empathetic. They are acutely aware of each other’s emotions and moods. When someone is sad or upset, they are very much aware. Then some children aren’t as aware but become more aware of being around others.
9. Leadership-When children see other kids take responsibility, they learn about leadership. For example, the child who gets to line up first because they followed directions or the child who takes the initiative to start cleaning up toys before everyone else.
10. Resilience-Children also learn resilience. Some days have a lot of changes and setbacks. For example, having a different teacher, a rained out field trip or a change in schedule during the day. They learn to be resilient and adapt to change which is essential because life changes all the time.
There are many more benefits to Early Childhood Education other than just the basics of the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors. Children also learn to use everyday skills to help them gravitate through their day and even for the rest of their lives.