Tuition for children in preschool can be a divisive topic amongst parents. On one hand parents are under constant pressure to ensure that their child receives the maximum support to keep up with the best of their peers. However, the stress and hassle that accompanies additional enrichment also potentially threatens the emotional wellbeing of children. How then can parents ensure that their child receives enough playtime while also introducing them to enrichment classes that gives them a headstart?
The answer lies in curriculum design and pedagogy of good enrichment classes. Lets start with curriculum design. Children at such tender ages behave very differently from more mature students. While they may lack cognitive development, they display boundless energy and enthusiasm for activities that are akin to play. As such, rather than having lessons taught in formal settings and with one way communication, enrichment centers should provide plenty of flexibility – both in space and communication to allow kids to learn by playing with their peers. Essentially, rather than fighting against it, enrichment lessons should embrace the chaos of a child’s play.
Secondly, pedagogy should be highly practical rather than theoretical. Allowing children to physically interact with topics that are being taught allows them to focus their energy on the lesson. Furthermore, it does not restrict their movement or force them to focus on an abstract topic. As such, brining children into outdoor spaces to experience a particular topic tends to be a popular option.
Another aspect of preschool pedagogy that revolves around the short attention span that children have. One method to address this is to go for broad topics rather than deep diving into any individual topic. This allows educators to flow with the ever changing focus of children, exploring loosely connected topics rather than hard forcing knowledge on the children.
Not to be discounted either is the playful and slightly rebellious nature that exist naturally within preschool children. As such, well trained educators do truly make a difference. For example, rather than directly saying “no” or “don’t” to children, preferred alternatives would be to instruct them to perform an alternative action.
All in all, preschool tuition has come a long way from its beginnings. Educators have researched much on their craft and fine-tuned it to address the needs of children. The question that parents then have to address is how much enrichment does their child need and where can they get the most suitable lessons.