Five good values that should be inculcated among preschool children

It is important to start instilling good values to children as early as preschool age because it will be a part of them later on as they grow and develop.

There are many good values out there, but here are five of them that should be emphasized among preschool children:

1. Autonomy – Sure children need our help and guidance! However, there are things that they can do on their own, and we should allow them to do those things. Not letting children to do things that they can do all by themselves will have effect on their confidence, which will subsequently affect their development. Let your child start doing the things that they can do such as carrying their bags, wearing their clothes and eating their own meal.

2. Respect. Respect is not only the way how you should treat adults or how you should treat the rights of your peers. Respect is also knowing how to use polite expressions like “thank you”, “sorry” and “excuse me”. Teach your child to automatically say “thank you” when someone did nice things to them and “sorry” when they hurt somebody accidentally or unintentionally. Also, teach children when to say “excuse me”. When two adults are talking, let your child say “Excuse me. Can I talk to you first?” Rather than just blurting out while adults’ conversation is going on.

3. Friendship. Friendship pertains to being kind, caring and loving to peers. Let your children understand the value of friendship so as not to hurt their friends whom they interact with most of the time.

4. Determination. There are some children who easily give up when facing a problem. Teach your children to persevere and not to give up. When they imbibed the value of determination, there will never be a problem that they cannot surpass!

5. Honesty. Honesty is not only to tell the truth, but also to do what is right. Teach your children to be honest, not just in words, but also in their actions.

Teaching children good values is the best thing that we can do for them so that they grow responsibly and soon become a good citizen of the society.


Five factors to consider when choosing a preschool

Rapid brain development occurs during the preschool years. This is why it is important to choose a good preschool to give your child a good headstart. What are then the factors to consider when choosing the best preschool for your child?

Below are the five factors to consider when choosing a preschool:

1. Teacher. The teacher is the one with direct interaction with the child. The teacher is the one who runs the classroom. The teacher manages and controls everything. Therefore, the quality of the teachers is the main factor to consider when choosing a good preschool. It is important to ask the following questions: (a) What are the qualifications of the teachers?; (b) How long have they been teaching?; and, (c) How are they upgrading themselves with the latest trends in education?

2. Curriculum. There are schools with pre-planned topics and lesson plans for the children. A good preschool develops their topics based on the child’s interests and needs.

3. Environment. The learning environment is regarded as the third teacher. Check whether the learning resources and materials are well-maintaned and safe for the children. Also, check whether the materials are age and developmentally appropriate for the kids.

4. Teacher-Child Ratio. It is vital to check the ratio of the teachers and the children because the lower the ratio, the better the quality of education. This is because the teacher has more time to interact with each of the children in the class.

5. Outdoor learning experiences. Learning is not only confined in the four walls of the classroom. It is also essential to consider whether the children have field trips and outdoor walk for them to apply or make connections of what they have learned from the classroom to the real world setting.

Wishing you all the best as you choose a good preschool suited for your child!