Academic success is naturally an important part of any education program, but school is about so much more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. Social interaction is a crucial part of development both in and out of the classroom, particularly during the early education years. The socialization children experience in daycare centers and preschool is a critical ingredient for their future success. Here’s why social interaction is so important to your child’s development:
They See a World Outside of Themselves
A self-centered mindset is part of being a child, but to succeed in life, children need to learn to see a world that doesn’t have them at the center. In preschool and daycare, children function as part of a group that includes adults and other children. Through interactions and socialization, children learn about the needs of other people and the value of compromise. Being part of a group helps them see that they are not the only ones with needs and wants.
They Learn Appropriate Social Behaviors
It’s natural for children to have disagreements in a daycare or preschool setting. Experiencing these disagreements can help your child develop sympathy and empathy and understand how to treat people kindly. If your child sees another child behaving in a way that he doesn’t like, he can begin to understand that his own behavior can also affect how someone else feels. With help from teachers, children learn from one another’s behaviors and develop an understanding of what is acceptable social behavior and what is not.
They Learn Conflict Resolution
Another benefit of disagreements among children in preschool environments is that they learn to resolve their own issues. With teacher oversight, children can learn to negotiate things like sharing toys, taking turns, and settling disputes over which game to play.
The social skills your child learns during his early education years are crucial to his future academic success. At A Child’s World in Newton, we are as committed to your child’s social development as you are, and our students get plenty of opportunities to work on their social skills under the watchful eyes of our early education experts. Call us at (215) 519-1993 to learn more about our daycare and preschool programs.