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Importance of Pre-School

A child’s early years from birth to six years of
age are the period when the child has the greatest capacity for learning and the greatest desire for knowledge. It is the critical years that lay the foundation for all their future learning. During the early years sensitive periods occur for developing language, mathematics, reading and writing skills. Children who are exposed to activities which tap into these sensitive periods acquire skills enthusiastically and with joy. If the sensitive period is missed when acquiring a skill the activity becomes laborious and difficult and may affect the subsequent stages of development. Children between the ages of three to six gain positive work habits, enthusiasm for learning and develops sound basics in academics when they have had an opportunity to participate in a predictable, positive, and secure environment. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that learning should be directed by the child’s interest and abilities.
Activities and experience should bring joy to the child.
The environment must be stimulating and varied. It is important  that children develop naturally, providing plenty of opportunities for work, play, pleasure and freedom to explore. Society believes that college and university education are the most important learning we can engage ourselves in. However, in order to develop into an individual who can successes in higher education, we first need to develop as a child through that first period of development. If we succeed in developing though this period, we develop important characteristics that allow us to succeed as adults.