"Do you want a play based atmosphere or a more structured academic program?" This is a question frequently posed to preschool searching parents, but many do not have a clue on how to answer it. The differences can be many but as far as rating them, it truly is a personal decision.
Play based preschools typically offer children a fun learning environment where they can focus on socializing and making friends. They can also pick up and master motor skills that are important to their development. For many play based preschools, the goal is not necessarily to teach the pupils how to read. Rather they want the tots to love learning, which will eventually get them reading. On the flip side, many hesitate to do an all play based program, as they fear the child will be academically under prepared for kindergarten.
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For fans of learning the ABCs sooner rather than later, an academic based program may suit them better. Young students are encouraged to read earlier and start solving math problems before their fifth birthday. These type of institutions typically offer more structure and less down time. On the upside, the alumni of academic based preschools often love school so much that they beg for homework in kindergarten. The negative aspect is that they tend to bore easily when they enter elementary school as they have already mastered the curriculum.
As a former first grade teacher, I've seen the positives and negatives of both. What style of preschool do you prefer for your child?
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