Although studies have revealed that in the 1950s, families were not as large as were generally believed, with approximately six people in the average family, there were still many children who had siblings. People from the Baby Boomer generation (1946-1964) have often remarked that the youngest child in families they knew seemed to be more knowledgeable than their siblings had been at the same age. What often occurred was these younger children’s exposure to the activities and conversations of siblings introduced them to ideas and concepts earlier than they were to other children without siblings. As a consequence, learning took place sooner in these children. Perhaps, then, children’s earlier exposures to concepts point to the importance of nursery schools and primary elementary educations.
Nowadays, there is little doubt that what is known as “early schooling” significantly affects children’s mental growth as it raises their natural curiosities and desires to learn about their world. National University has released a statement on this education of young children, pointing to its goal of the overall development of a child rather than simply preparing a child for primary school. In its statement, this university proposes that the education of young children assists in their physical, emotional, and cognitive needs in “a holistic manner.” Learning at a very young age will provide them a broad foundation for their well-being and future learning.
Interestingly, all outcomes of this preliminary education have been positive, even as they have varied. Dr. Jessica Alvarado, a National University academic director for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Development, has observed that studies have examined the social benefits of early education in children. She adds that introducing young children to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning can significantly influence education.
Dr. Alvarado urges educators of very young students to make every effort to know their students and be aware of their specific interests. She observes that when educators involve themselves with young learners, they can exert influence upon them daily, thus building trust in the learning process. With this trusting relationship, students will learn more quickly from their teachers and retain what they know. Further, Dr. Alvarado encourages the relationship-building process with teachers and parents because such a partnership can positively affect students’ enjoyment of learning and future success.