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“There’s increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool,” says Parents adviser Kathleen McCartney, PhD, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “At preschool, they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. And, more important, they learn how to socialize — get along with other children, share, contribute to circle time.”
“Every child should have some sort of group experience before they starts kindergarten,” Music. swimming, skating and gymnastics classes are great, but what preschool does that less formal classes do not is teach children how to be “STUDENTS”. Your child will learn how to raise her hand, take turns, and share the teacher’s attention. What’s more, they learn how to separate from their parents, who often stay in a music or gym class. All of this makes for an easier transition to kindergarten. “Kindergarten teachers will tell you that the students who are ready to learn are those who come into school with good academic, social and behavior-management skills,”
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The Alberta Government also recognizes the importance of Preschool Education for your child and has set up a subsidy program for qualifying families.
Please use this link to access their application form and guides:
Alberta Human Services – Subsidy