We always strive to give our children the best of everything. As parents, we are concerned about what kind of people our kids will grow up to be, that is why we offer them the best quality of formal education as soon as they become capable of processing their thoughts and expressing their ideas. For some, they wanted to start their children’s schooling as early as three years old.
The right age for a child to start formal education is still up for debate. Countries differ in age that a person should begin his or her full-time and compulsory learning at classrooms. Children in Northern Ireland are sent to school at the age of 4, while in other European countries such as Finland, Sweden and Denmark, schooling usually starts at 7. At the end of the day, it is still the parents’ decision if they want to start their kids’ formal education a little bit earlier or later, as long as they consider the important factors that will ensure high quality of learning.
Determine If Your Child’s Perspective Of Learning Is Already In Line With Formal Education System
While we get the right to decide for our children’s welfare as their parents, not every part of our decision is up to us. We should always consider our kids’ present situation before introducing drastic changes in their lives, such as sending them to a formal school. It will be an abrupt change in their way of living, from spending hours of playing with toys and watching television to focusing on a blackboard with a teacher talking about things that are new to them. This can be very intimidating for a child, especially if he or she is not yet up for this kind of set-up. At least give your child an idea first about how the formal education system works. Just imagine yourself having to transport your car from one place to another without any idea of available car shipping services.
If we want to start our children’s learning, there should be a flexible system where a kid’s early perspective of life as “all fun and games” is considered, while opening their interests to a lot of things around them. Soon, they will start being curious and asking many questions about their surroundings, but do not force them to develop focus and send them to a formal school just yet.
The first stage of children’s learning must adapt to their early stage of development and juvenile personality, not the other way around.
Let Your Kids Find The Fun In Learning First Before Sending Them To A Formal Classroom
Having said all the previous points, it is possibly a better choice for your children if you get them ready first for a formal type of education. Before sending them to kindergarten, they should experience a play-based learning system that allows them to engage in fun activities with other kids. They can still play with toys and enjoy being children, but this time, they are already being practiced on how to get along with other people, as well as readying their minds to receive bits of information that will slowly shape their views of their world. In this kind of early childhood system before formal education, the kids can hone their social skills, creativity, and critical thinking. After this, perhaps you can think about the things that your children can do next, such as learning Mandarin.
Based on studies, children aged 4 and 5 entering a play-based early childhood program (or nursery) get bigger advantage in learning than other kids of the same age bracket who start formal education too early. Their minds are already pumped up to focus on lessons and interact with other children. Thus, it is a great idea to send your child to a nursery program first at the age of 5, at least, before starting formal education at 6.