The Importance Of Early Learning

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I still can recall my first day attending preschool. I got out of the car and clenched on to my mother’s hand tighter than I ever had before. When we got inside the building, the teachers were so jolly, assuring that I would love preschool and that the day would be a great day. Finally, I stopped wailing, let go of my mother’s hand and went to join the rest of the kids on the alphabet rug. I sat on the letter “A” because I remembered how my mom taught me that my name was Ashley and that it started with the letter “A”. Throughout the day, we learned our ABC’s (alphabet), which I already knew, 123’s (numbers), neat little songs about how to tie our shoes and even went outside to play on the playground. The teachers were right after all, I really …show more content…
(Dougherty, p. 13) This is because of several reasons. However, one major reason is that later learning builds on early learning. For example, when I entered preschool, I knew that my name started with an A, which meant that I had some prior knowledge of alphabetical concepts; so when my teachers began trying to teach me to spell my name and other words, I learned rather quickly. Other reasons that justify the importance of early learning include: learning about a sufficiently broad range of topics takes time and cannot be accomplished exclusively in the later grades, catching students up from far behind is difficult in upper grades and that early learning develops students’ interests and intellectual curiosity, influencing whether they become lifelong learners. (Dougherty, p. 15) Early learning provides major foundational skills for children which determine the success of their educational future, lifelong accomplishments, and their social skills, both in the community and at the …show more content…
I believe that children can learn while inside the mother’s womb. Therefore, parents should begin reading to their children during the pregnancy stage and continue throughout their preschool years because the first five years have been proven to be the most critical period in a child’s life. Reading to children helps them to learn sounds and words, and makes the process of learning words much easier for young children. Simple tasks such as reading to a child, playing games with a child, or teaching letters, sounds or colors to a child can positively impact a child’s academic success in a tremendous way. On the contrary, children can be stifled if they are not provided with early learning experiences. Therefore, it is crucial that all children receive some type of early education whether it is provided by parents at home or at an educational facility by certified

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