It may look like they're just playing, but pint-sized pupils are developing skills that will last a lifetime. Playing dress up, finger painting, pushing trains around a track - preschool certainly looks like a lot of fun, but you may be wondering, Will my child really learn anything? And in today’s tough economic climate, is it worth the expense? Most definitely, say early-childhood experts, who insist that play is the ideal way for three and four year olds to develop essential academic and social skills. Here are some of the important lessons young children will absorb under the guise of play.
When it’s time to potty train, many parents learn the hard way that it’s not nearly as cute as when their toddler takes a step, not as endearing as the first time they hear “mama” and nowhere near as adorable as the first wave. It can be messy, exhausting and downright hard to keep your cool when it’s time to start the potty training process.
Many kids are drawn to adult-level information. They eavesdrop on their parent’s conversations, pay attention to what’s happening on the news and take every opportunity to read their parent’s text messages and emails. As hard as parents try, kids are still finding out information they have no business knowing.
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