School Prep Begins Early

Preface (Page 11)

 

During my career, I analyzed that educators and parents don’t use the same terminology for child development domains. Educators use the terms “ language” or “ communication development” ; parents call it “ speech” or “ talk.” Educators use the term “ physical development” (“ gross and fine motor” ); parents call it “ movement” and “ picking up things.” Educators use the term “ cognitive development” ; parents call it “ thinking” or “ learning.” Educators use the term “ social-emotional” ; parents call it “ feelings” and “ sharing.” Educators use the term “ self-help” or “ adaptive development” ; parents call it “ potty training” or “ doing things independently.” Also, educators and parents don’t have the same set of skills needed in each domain or the expected time frames of mastery. The educators needed list of skills is much more comprehensive. All parents must be equipped and empowered with the knowledge of how and when to teach their children developmental skills. The challenges experienced by children, parents, and teachers often combine to create a perfect storm in which each blames the other. This book was written to assist with this dilemma.

“ The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.”                                                                                                                 —Maria Montessori