One of the hardest choices that a young parent has to make is how they will approach their child’s education once they’re past their baby years. At this point, they’re not quite old enough to go into a traditional school system, but they’re also old enough to where they finally have some true autonomy over their language and mobility. This is the age where many parents consider preschool as an option for their kids.
However, there is still a lot of skepticism about preschool. Some parents feel like it’s not worth the investment. While we encourage every parent to make their own informed choices for their children, it’s important that these choices are based on facts, not ignorance. That’s why, in this blog post, we’re going to look at some of the common myths about preschool. There are many misconceptions that young parents have about preschool and it’s important to know fact versus fiction when you’re making important decisions for your child.
Here are some common myths about preschool!
MYTH: It’s Just Glorified Babysitting
Many parents struggle with preschool because they haven’t yet fully removed it from its superficially similar counterparts — daycare and babysitting. Daycare and babysitting both have their own value, but it’s a mistake to lump them into the same category as preschool. Preschool is, first and foremost, dedicated to the quality education of a child, rather than just giving them a space to play.
The thing is, we can’t say this myth is entirely false, because it really just depends on the preschool. You’re bound to find plenty of preschools that are much more “play” than “school,” and if this is a concern, you just need to know what to look for in order to identify quality schools.
We can’t speak for other schools, but we can speak for ourselves when we say that Madame Curie School is absolutely dedicated to enriching the minds of our young students through quality education. If you’re in Chantilly, Herndon, or the surrounding areas, we can guarantee that your child will receive a quality education that’s well-suited to their age bracket. It may not seem like it sometimes, but children are quite capable of learning at the three-year mark. And that brings us to our next point:
MYTH: Children Won’t Learn or Retain Much At Preschool Age
As a society, we constantly underestimate the mental faculties of children, especially young ones. Our current education system is partially to blame for this — we have curriculums that are designed for students of certain ages, and we expect kids to learn those specific things at those specific ages, and not a moment before (or after).
Unfortunately, this can stunt the learning of bright young minds, and even kids themselves adopt this expectation — “I won’t learn about the things that adults do until I’m a lot older.” This is something they come to expect, and they can start to believe that more advanced concepts are beyond their mental capabilities until they reach the “right” age.
Einstein mastered differential and integral calculus by the time he was 15, after mastering geometry and algebra at age 12. While Einstein is quite the outlier, the point is that kids are often smarter than we give them credit for. Does this mean that Madame Curie Sschool is teaching quantum physics to our preschool children? Absolutely not, but we do know that young minds are capable of processing much more than adults often give them credit for.
At Madame Curie, our STEAM++ curriculum focuses on science, technology, engineering, language arts, motor skills, and socio-emotional skills. These concepts are, of course, adapted to be teachable in exceedingly simple ways to such young minds, and by learning the basic concepts of these things so early on, your children could very well be ahead of the curve in the years to come.
MYTH: I Can Do It Myself, So I Don’t Need Preschool Services
It’s important that we clarify this myth, lest it be taken the wrong way. For the record, we believe that the majority of parents are more than capable of teaching their children in their young formative years. Preschool education, after all, isn’t rocket science, and no one knows your child better than you do. We’re confident that, if you put your mind to it, you could very likely provide a quality education to your three-year-old.
The question is, will you? This, again, is not a slight against your parenting abilities. But it is an acknowledgment of the universal truth that parenting at its bare minimum is a full-time job. Even if you’re a stay-at-home parent, it probably takes everything you have’ve got just to feed your kid, give them productive attention, and keep track of the endless house chores that are made necessary by their wake of destruction. It’s absolutely exhausting, and the problem is compounded if you have other responsibilities, such as a job or career.
Are you capable of educating your child with a preschool curriculum? Yes. But, will you? For most parents, there’s no guarantee. Even the most well-meaning, capable parents can see valuable time slip through their fingers. Even if you manage a productive education session here and there, it’s hard to make it a consistent, daily activity.
To this end, preschool services are a major boon to parents and students alike. It allows your child to learn from professionals, while also being socialized with other kids their age. It also gives you the peace-of-mind knowing that it’s being handled with care, and you get the freedom of having some spare time in your schedule. Consider calling Madame Curie School today!
Early Childhood Education In Chantilly and Herndon
You’ll notice that our school shares the name of Marie Curie, a brilliant French physicist who made tremendous advancements in her field of study, while also being the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and the only woman to win it twice.
Curie embodies everything we value in a growing mind, and we hope that in offering our STEAM++ curriculum to young children in Virginia, we can bring more Marie Curies into the world. We believe that knowledge is power, and that you can’t be too young to start learning. We provide a variety of programs for young children. Early preschool, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten are all classes that we offer, as well as after school enrichment. If your child fits into any of those age groups, you won’t regret bringing them to Madame Curie School.
But don’t take our word for it — come in and see for yourself! We’re always happy to speak with parents of prospective students, and we would want you to feel confident in your decision to leave your child with us. But no matter what you do, the first step is to contact us today!