A way to have a positive influence on your child is through the help of innovative pre-school programs. Innovative pre-school programs will help teach your child to inculcate the values, morals, key skills and educate your child in a new, exciting, and novel way which will ensure that your child develops a personality and character that is not only empathetic but also kind, smart, enchanting, and enduring, which is what every parent wants for their child.
With the help of innovative pre-school programs, you can not only instill values and skills within your child but also help them learn the concept of independence, begin the process of socialization, and ensure that they receive a quality education.
Below, we have listed down a few strategies, programs, and key components that should form the environment in which the child grows ensuring that they learn in the fastest and the best possible way while receiving all the benefits through an innovative pre-school program.
- Learning Environment
- Interacting in a Safer Environment
It is your responsibility to give your child an interactive yet safe environment for them to explore within. Busy boards are an invention that many educational psychologists support. Not only does it help the child interact with the environment rather it also helps the child learn different skills.
By providing your child with a safe environment, you ensure that they are exploring their environment without any barriers and get to learn which is extremely critical for their development at this age.
- Creating Links
For example, if you relate the dog in the picture to the dog at home and then relate that to the letter ‘D’, then chances are that the child will be able to remember the letter ‘D’ much quicker than any other letter. So, by helping a child create links in their environment to their previously acquired knowledge, you make the learning process easier and quicker and this can be counted as one of the ways to improve early childhood education.
- PBL and STEM
The projects can be based on STEM i.e. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics model, or could even inculcate liberal arts, literature, and more. This is because, at this young age, the child is open to all ideas and is willing to learn anything and everything. When we introduce such topics early on in life, in a very developmentally appropriate manner, the child begins to inquire and become inquisitive about the topics, hence helping in the development of the child’s imagination, and pushing them beyond the typical roles they envision at this stage.
With these projects, you cannot only help inculcate educational values within the child but rather you can also help the child develop empathy and cultural values. This can be done with the help of linking the child’s project to local communities, for instance, writing a letter to the mayor or more. It helps open their imagination and presents them with new and innovative ideas.
Hence, we recommend that the teacher helps the child engage in purposeful play, where the child plays but has a purpose underlying behind that play activity. This can include activities such as playing with blocks where the child could be taught how to count, it could include a trip to the grocery store where the child could learn how to behave and how to shop, the teacher could incorporate sports to teach math too.
With the help of purposeful play, the child will be able to not only navigate their environment better but also interact with their peers better, hold significance to the topics taught to them and understand the dynamics of group work which is essential at this stage.
The teachers need to develop programs based around creative learning activities for preschoolers and develop strategies through which they are able to not only understand the point of view of a child but are also able to enhance it.
Today, preschool teachers come up with innovative teaching ideas such as asking the child to draw whatever they want and then label it, regardless of the end result being scribbles. This helps harbor their creativity and as the child progresses through their early childhood, they begin to draw, write, and color.
They have their own individual freedom and express themselves through the use of colors and objects in the manner they deem fit. It helps bring their perspective into the world too.
However, the activity of reading should be done in a manner that encourages the child rather than making them avoid the activity altogether.
Pictorial books are an excellent way to introduce the child to the concept of reading, where they look at the pictures and infer the meaning, and later you can gradually shift them onto books with words. Psychologists recommend that in the early years, the phonics approach should be used with children where they understand the smallest meaning of sound and then begin to create a word, then a sentence, and so forth. Hence, choosing the right activity to encourage reading is just as important.
In early childhood, one of the most important things for a teacher, parent, or caretaker to realize is that the child’s development is rapid. They are developing because of the growth in their neurons and their brain development is happening extremely fast.
With these techniques, in an innovative pre-school program, you can help a child be autonomous, independent, assertive, trustworthy, honest, and much more. Hence, benefitting from innovations in early education.
At Holmdel Preschool, we focus on providing an encouraging and challenging experience as a child steps through each skill level. We use playtime to help children learn skills, making it fun for them to analyze problems and negotiate solutions.