The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) conducted a survey in 2016 assessing the PISA (The Program for International Student Assessment) scores of 70 nations. Among other things, the data revealed that students from countries such as Finland and Estonia, where education starts at ages seven and above scored higher. The data is obviously confusing for advocates of early childhood education in the US and across the globe.
Early childhood education, preschools and pre-k curriculum have long been a topic of debate; with multiple schools of thought weighing in with both ‘for’ and ‘against’ arguments. Why America and other countries expect children to start curricular education at an early age isn’t just a fleeting thought but backed by research and extensive studies.
Let’s take a look at the developmental needs of children under the age of six and how teaching in earlier years is complementary with later learning and skill accumulation.
Early literacy skills taught to preschoolers and kindergartners help them visualize the narrative—in storytelling. Storybooks and adventures read in a classroom setting enable these children to experience, imagine and understand surroundings that they’re otherwise unable to.
Using this imagination, the children then engage with the story by acting out either as characters or by adding their own plot to the story. This visualization plays a crucial role in learning and memorability of new vocabulary—which later translates into an enhanced conception of meaning and ideas, known as reading comprehension.
Organized and structured programs that exclusively focus on children’s social, educational and intellectual skills translate to later attainment. Educational success in terms of test scores, grade retention, graduation and IQ scores, among other variables.
One of the important factors contributing to a positive relationship between early childhood education and academic achievement is the economic and financial situation. Research showed that economically disadvantaged children are able to translate preschool and kindergarten education to adult success the most.
Extensive research has been conducted to understand the impact of early childhood education and cognitive development of children. Analysis shows that preschool curriculum substantially contributes to lasting cognitive abilities—with the impact showing mostly in elementary school.
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