Competitive Preschoolers: Characteristics of a Good Preschooler

Preschool education has been set as the foundation for a successful education and even for success in adult life. But not all preschools are the same, not even the most expensive. These are the characteristics and characteristics that a good preschool should have:

  • Clean and safe location. This is not negotiable for preschoolers. We are talking about children under the age of six who will attend classes regularly. It is essential that even on the way to school they feel safe. There should be no health and safety hazards near the school. A good preschool should not only attend to the mental well-being of a child but also to their physical well-being. Children should be able to associate positive feelings and images with school.
  • Complete and safe installations. Installing a room will not be enough if we want quality public preschools. There are basic facilities that children need 24 hours a day and facilities necessary to keep the school child-friendly and safe. Simply put, a preschool should have a bathroom, a sanitary eating area, a separate area for garbage, a clinic or medicine cabinet, a non-slip floor, and cabinets for toys and other supplies. Furniture and any equipment should not have sharp edges. Electrical outlets should have covers and anything else that could harm children should be kept out of their reach and sight.
  • Environment to feel good. A preschool should have a welcoming environment for young children. It should not appear boring, rigorous, or threatening. Classrooms should be well ventilated and well lit. Positive and colorful pictures and designs should be visible to children. Staff and teachers should be helpful, friendly, and helpful. Children should be able to see that they are having fun in class and that school is a place where they can play and learn.
  • Trained and caring teachers. It is no joke to take care of young children, what else to teach them. A serious effort in preschool education must be accompanied by a willingness to invest in teacher training or retraining. If children are taught the wrong things in preschool, the whole purpose of the program is defeated. Preschool teachers should know how to teach the alphabet and count, how to read stories and sing songs, how to motivate children through games, and how to manage a class of young children. They should be loving and caring, and should never resort to coercion or physical punishment.
  • Low teacher-student ratio. Studies on the effects of preschool education on academic and life success say the same about its potency. Preschool education cannot achieve its goal if it is of low quality, and a quality factor is the teacher-student ratio. Ideally, a teacher should only handle seven to ten students. The maximum for each class is twenty. Sometimes having aides or teacher assistants also helps manage a large class. Young students need a lot of supervision and personal interaction. If the government is serious about creating public pre-schools, the current pupil-to-teacher ratio in public elementary schools should not be tolerated at the pre-school level.
  • Holistic approach and curriculum. A preschooler must not only prepare a child intellectually to enter the big school. It should also help children to develop their other aspects. Preschoolers cannot focus too much on academic subjects. It should also address the development of social skills to prepare children for a larger group or class. Already in the preschool stage, good qualities and values ​​such as self-confidence and love for the country can already be introduced. Creativity and self-expression should also be a priority in the curriculum, keeping children motivated and interested in education. In the words of Dr. Barbara Willer of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, “Your 3- or 4-year-old will learn the fundamental building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science, as well as interacting with teachers and classmates …[but] the primary goal of any preschool should be to help the child feel good about himself as a learner and feel comfortable in a school-like environment. “
  • Some structure or routine. What differentiates a preschool from a nursery is that it has a more defined structure. A good preschool has a set schedule for activities, from writing lessons to playtime and nap time. It also requires regular attendance, it is not mere childcare. In class, routine tasks can be performed to instill in children a sense of competence and responsibility. They can be as simple as helping distribute materials or tidying up the room. This structured quality of a preschool ensures that children do not waste time, but learn every day.
  • Variety of teaching materials. Children need a lot of stimulation; their intellectual stimulation is highly dependent on sensory stimulation. A good preschool should have a wide variety of instructional aides. Pictures, story books, recorded songs and models or realia are some of these. Children are very tactile learners too. Manipulators like puzzles and pegboards help children develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination essential for writing and other tasks. Buttons or marbles are less expensive items that can be used to teach counting. The idea is that children have fun while learning.
  • Play area and materials. It is natural for children to play. Therefore, there must be an area or time to play. Apart from the usual toys, the blocks must be available. These help develop spatial and problem-solving skills, as well as creativity. The game can also be presented in the form of art (children love to draw). The school should never run out of paper, crayons, and clay. The idea is that children learn while having fun.
  • Physical activity. You heard it right! A good preschooler is not afraid of being physically active. Children should have the opportunity, every day, to move and play, whether indoors or outdoors. This helps them practice their motor and other physical skills.
  • Language sensitive, rich in languages. Since children will learn more about language and learn a new one in preschool, they should be exposed to it as much as possible. Whether the new language is Filipino or English, there should be materials available everywhere. Posters on the walls, tagged objects, and storybooks should be staples of the classroom. On the other hand, the preschool should also be sensitive to the mother tongue of the community. Many countries have a multilingual education and preschools must be careful not to prohibit children from using their mother tongue. Furthermore, teachers should not hesitate to use the mother tongue to explain and teach.

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