A lot of parents put a lot of effort into their kids' college fund, ensuring that by the time they're through with high school, they have enough money to cover the high tuition fees. However, many parents have also realized that by this stage, the opportunity to make a contribution that can have a lasting effect on the growth and education of their child is usually long gone.
Surprisingly, the quality of education your child receives early in their life can have a greater impact on who they turn out to be. Just how important is preschool to a child?
Early childhood education is a very critical factor in determining how your child will develop academically. Interest in many subjects, such as the sciences, can be fostered at a very young age. It's also easy to inculcate better studying habits and a positive mentality towards academics when your child is still young.
Since you probably won't be doing this on your own, choosing a suitable school for your young child is the next best thing that you can do. Different preschools have different academic philosophies, and some have shown a lot more promise.
When your child sets foot in a school for the first time, this is usually the first time they'll be interacting with the world outside the context of family. Such interactions may be common later in life, but it's how the interactions go at this age that will determine how they'll handle similar interactions later in life.
In a school that doesn't put enough emphasis on the proper social development of children, your child may learn to excel academically. However, they may not learn how to live with others, and this can lead to issues such as poor social skills later in life.
Self-image problems may be more apparent when a child hits puberty, but many of these issues can also be traced back to the early days of schooling. Many children can develop a poor self-image at a very young age, especially if they have a condition that makes them feel different from others.
A poor self-image can have a negative effect on all aspects of a child's life, affecting their academic performance and how they interact with others. However, at the right school, the child can also be taught how to embrace the things that make them different, helping to foster a positive self-image that they can build on.