Skills Development

Preschool provides your child with the opportunity to broaden and deepen their essential skills which will ready them for a life of learning and empower them to make positive contributions to the world around them. 

Here are ten skills your child should develop in preschool:

  1. Emotional Development
    Your child’s preschool experience should contribute to helping them to understand his or her feelings as well as understand the feelings of others. 
    This includes both learning to recognize feelings and to manage those feelings and their associated behaviors.
     
  2. Social Skills
    Through collaborative play and learning alongside each other, preschool children learn how to respect and get along with others which further develops their language skills, self control and overall social skills. 
    Teachers guide children through resolving conflicts that may arise during creative play or structured learning projects. 
     
  3. Early Literacy Development
    By the age of three, children can begin to learn to write their names and read simple words.
    The practice they receive during preschool sets them up for success in literacy development in kindergarten and elementary school.
     
  4. Listening Skills
    To be able to follow directions and to understand what is being taught to them, a child’s development of their listening skills is crucial to their overall social and academic learning. Preschool environments promote activities that grow your child’s listening skills.
     
  5. Communication Skills
    Your child’s ability to ask questions, express their feelings and convey their needs, both through spoken words and through body language are of utmost importance to their ability to succeed socially and academically.
    Preschool activities and their teacher’s feedback are designed to hone all of these communication skills.
     
  6. Fine Motor Skills
    Preschool-level craft activities which require children to use markers, work with scissors, sculpt objects and other dexterity-focused creative play develops children’s fine motor skills which will be necessary for more complex projects as they get older.
     
  7. Attention Span
    We all can sympathize with how difficult it is for young learners to sit still and pay attention for more than a few minutes.
    The structured but nurturing environment of a preschool is key for children to develop their attention spans in preparation for the more challenging classroom environments ahead.
     
  8. Early Math Skills
    Learning to recognize numbers and begin counting things during preschool helps children to begin to comprehend how mathematics is used in the world and provides their foundation for each subsequent year’s more complex mathematical curriculum.
     
  9. Problem-Solving Skills
    Every aspect of life demands problem-solving skills. Foundational to success in school, personal relationship and in even life’s simplest of activities, problem-solving skill development should begin in preschool.
    Teaching and stretching children’s problem-solving skills can occur through personal interactions, games and assignments.
     
  10. Creativity
    When a child is encouraged to self-express through creativity, they build confidence in themselves and can approach challenges from new perspectives.
    Creative activities help children to develop their individual sense of self and can be a way for the adults in childrens’ lives to celebrate each child’s uniqueness.