Preschools versus home schooling which is best for your child?

What’s the best way to engage with a preschooler?
Well with children the easiest way is to tune into their interests or talk to them about their experiences. However it’s also very important to listen. Communication shows that you are interested but allowing them to respond and letting them speak shows them that your interest is genuine.
Preschools do just this with young children. They create a happy environment for toddlers, a place where they shed their inhibitions by singing, playing and interacting with their peers and their teachers.
But all children are different. Some are shy and introverted and all too often can spend most of the time watching others. Such children need time and space to feel comfortable enough to join group activities. For them the right way to communicate is to let them decide what and when they want to share. It could be the most trivial thing but it’s important to them. Hence it should be treated as such.
Preschools create a learning environment, they are skilled in the subtle ways of dealing with young children, making them feel comfortable so they venture out of their shell.
So while a lot of parents today prefer to preschool at home they should consider these pointers.
1. Preschools take children out of their comfort zone yet it is an environment that is controlled and safe.
2. Interacting with children their own age helps young children socialize, communicate clearly while managing their feelings and emotions in situations they would not face at home. Like asking for a red crayon that another child is using, politely waiting for it to be handed over, using it and putting it back. This is a simple situation that would not occur at home where a child is given a pack of crayons and asked to colour or draw.
3. Preschools are designed to stimulate little minds. The playground, the sandpit, painting, colouring, clay, all serve a higher objective. While one can recreate some of these situations at home, the experience is bound to be limited.
4. Preschools monitor a child’s progress. As well meant as our intentions are as far as our children are concerned it is sometimes possible to overlook or compensate for certain behaviour. Every child’s progress in preschool is monitored and teaching is individualized to help them in aspects of learning where they need assistance.
5. Preschools add discipline and order to a child’s routine something that they can easily avoid around the house. A few minutes here or there doesn’t make a difference till you’re a full hour behind. But in a classroom where everyone is following the rules it’s easy to fall into step.
6. Above all, in preschool children make friends. They find that one small person who they want to sit with at lunch or share their fruit with. Most of them even begin to adore their teachers and often share every detail with them. The same children who come crying into class the first day they have to leave their mothers, often leave crying when they have to bid their teacher goodbye. 

Also read: Importance of Preschool Programs , or How to find the right preschool for your child ?