My kids have both done a year of traditional preschool and a year or more of co-op preschool, taught by me and my friends. That last year in a classroom outside the home before kindergarten has been a time of great growth for both of them.
A study conducted recently at the University of Michigan concludes that children are more successful in school when they enter kindergarten after having two years of preschool.
“Children should be spending more time in preschool, not less, because the results appear to be cumulative,” Lori Skibbe, assistant professor of child development, said. “Children who spent two years in preschool, for example, did better in literacy.”
She says preschool tends to improve literacy but it could do better at a couple of things. Two of the skills that she says are needed to add to children’s success are… drumroll… vocabulary and self-control. What?! If a child is able to communicate well and manage himself, he’ll do better in school?
That’s what they’re telling us. So as you’re planning the future of your babies and toddlers, you may want to consider adding a second year of preschool. And choose wisely. You don’t want to end up in court because your child’s preschool ruined her chances of getting into Harvard.