Research shows that there is a high positive correlation between participation in preschool education and educational attainment. Students who have not attended preschool struggle to keep up with those who have; are unprepared and have higher chances of dropping out or repeating classes. Early childhood education is critical in the learning trajectory of a child. Thus, society needs to pay more attention to it.
Since preschool education is essential, new trends are adopted to combat traditional early childhood education program’s weaknesses. The following are four emerging trends in early childhood.
Use of Technology
The use of technology helps to reduce the costs of buying textbooks. Most importantly, it provides a broader platform for accessing more educational materials from online sources. Technology use also supports children to become tech-savvy from a very young age and be well-suited to today’s world, which has shown many technological advancements. Moreover, technology has virtually become a useful and effective tool for solving problems in all sectors.
Reggio Emilia Approach
Reggio Emilia approach is a preschool education style that encourages parents’ participation in the education of their children. Education is seen as a collective responsibility of the parents, teachers, and students. Learning through inquiry and exploration characterize Reggio Emilia approach. The design of instruction is based on the students’ interests, skills level, and learning needs. Thus, children have control over their learning.
Nature learning involves the outdoors that excites children. They can access fresh air, more prominent space for games, and natural light. This learning approach provides opportunities for children to learn about the natural environment, building a connection to the ecosystem, and developing motor skills.
Focus on Physical Fitness
Obesity among young children has become an issue of concern at the preschool level. In response, many preschool programs have increased the number of sports activities, both indoor and outdoor, to keep children more active. Moreover, some schools have adopted non-competitive activities to maintain the healthy habits of the children. They include physical education, martial arts, and dancing.
Assessments at the preschool level have become a standard tool for measuring children learning and identifying areas of subject matter that they may need more help. Teachers are also able to update parents on the academic progress of their children. Moreover, teachers can identify children with special talents and consequently develop interventions to aid their development.