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What Do Children Learn in Preschool?

While many three- and four year-old children are already old hands at child care, others must learn to feel comfortable away from home. Regardless of their past experiences with care outside the home, children face similar challenges when they enter preschool. They all need to learn to control their feelings and also to express them. They need to get along in a group and also to take their own ideas and run with them. They need the opportunity to be leaders, and also to let others lead. Preschools that include mixed-age groups especially encourage this sort of natural learning.

Three- and four-year-olds are naturally very curious about the world around them, and they are capable of learning a great deal about its workings: how seeds sprout, how water flows, how clay feels when its pushed and pulled, how colors change when paints mix, what makes one block tower balance and another fall over, and so on. Good preschools give students plenty of hands-on opportunities to explore their world.

More fundamentally, children in preschool learn an approach to learning itself; in other words, they learn how to learn. Depending on their preschool experiences, they can come to view learning as creative exploration, or as dull memorization. They can begin to see school as a place where they feel comfortable and safe, or one in which they always need to be on their guard against being made to feel dumb.

by Robert Needlman, M.D., F.A.A.P.