For children, especially young children, every experience or encounter presents a learning opportunity. They are always fascinated by their surroundings; they tend to learn from everything they see, hear, do, smell, feel and taste; from everyone they encounter and everywhere they go.
Children who are ahead of their peers during kindergarten tend to perform better than their counterparts later into adulthood.
In recent decades, developed countries around the world are paying more attention to early childhood education and its benefits for young children.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), an international governing body believes that, “early childhood care and education (ECCE) is more than preparation for primary school. It aims at the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing.”
Studies find that high-quality early childhood education offers a range of benefits to children, as well as to their families and their communities.
Many researchers and scientists suggest that children learn the most when educational and instructional activities make up a small segment of their days, which is something that quality preschool programs emphasize.
Contemporary research has shown that the investment in early education, particularly among disadvantaged children, improves not only cognitive abilities but also critical behavioural traits like sociability, motivation and self-esteem.
Out of the various education models across the world, the Montessori methodology, introduced by Dr. Maria Montessori, is one of the best models that meet the progressive needs of developing children.
Given the freedom and support to question and be creative in a Montessori Classroom, children from these classrooms tend to grow up to be confident, enthusiastic, and self-directed learners.
At iKids Montessori Academy, we proudly follow the Montessori philosophy and play-based learning model to better meet the needs of every individual, and also, we provide early childhood education and daycare services in Markham and Richmond Hill.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding iKids Academy or our Montessori classrooms, please feel free to contact us, we would love to chat more with you about our curriculums and different programs.