There are many childcare programs that mainly focus on the development and intellectual growth of your child. As a parent, it is the most important decision choosing the best program for your child. The child learns a lot of things at a great program and this learning phase makes an easy transition of the child to a higher grade. So while selecting a program, make sure that your child learns cognitive skills that not only helps him in his early and most crucial years of development, but also when he steps into his adulthood.
Besides other queries arising in your mind, one question that generally pops up while enrolling your child in a program is what kinds of cognitive learning will a child experience at a good childcare program? Cognitive skills are the basic skills that enable the child to read and learn, think and reason, remain focused etc. These skills enable a child to understand the world in future. Every child is different and hence they think differently. How a child gathers the information and processes it, is totally different from how another child does it. The program should have effective interaction and communication with the children. Play is the most essential and effective way through which a child develops his thinking abilities. Hence, a program should provide enough play material which exposes them to new information and also helps them to explore experience new things at the facility. Play dough, gardening, painting, drawing, crafts and many other interesting activities that are conducted at a childcare center greatly help the development of cognitive skills.
Cognitive learning is where the child improves his learning skills, mainly attention, thinking and memory. Most cognitive learning takes place in the early years, although cognitive skills are inherent too. When the child pays attention, he not only develops the habit of concentrating on one particular task, but also learns the ability to grasp and remember what all he experiences from that given task. Increased focus helps him immensely during the later phase of his life where focus forms the basis of his career. Memory is another important cognitive skill that enables the child to memorize all that is taught. He learns from his experiences and retains the knowledge. This forms the basis of knowledge in future. The rhymes and phrases taught in the program help them sharpen their memorizing skills. Like attention and memory, thinking is an equally important cognitive skill that a child learns with time. He starts reasoning and finding solutions for the given tasks. The child learns to understand what he is doing. He understands if he can do the given task all by himself or if he needs help while doing it. For example, while reading, the child starts to determine if he understood what he read or whether he should read it again to understand better. He searches for clues through the pictures in the book or he may ask his friends or teachers for help.
It is important you do your research and find a program in Albany that fits you and your child's needs. If you have questions about how TSL Adventures provides childcare programs and the methodology we implement, please call us today.