Because our school operates in a competitive and, some would say, discretionary field of business, I'm often compelled to advocate for the importance of early childhood education (if at all possible), while sharing what is most unique about Miracle Moments as such a provider.
Recently, Miracle Moments celebrated two years since its doors opened. In that two year span, dozens of children have come through our doors–children with varying cultural backgrounds, personalities, habits and quirks–to form the diverse group of students and alumni we have today.
When young children come to school for the first time, it is important to understand that most have had little social interaction with others their own age; most are egocentric, believing they are the "center of the universe," so to speak. This is not necessarily a bad thing; sharing, effective communication and respect for others are not inborn and must be encouraged in the right environment. If ignored, a child, having not developed certain social sensibilities, may be negatively affected later on in life, both personally and academically.
The importance of preschool education is apparent in the social development of each of our students under the patient guidance by our staff. This development includes teaching young children how to interact with others, fostering compassion and respect for each other. Our students also have the opportunity to practice language and problem-solving skills by interacting with other students and expressing their feelings in a healthy and communicative way. These skills, I believe, prepare our students for future social and academic success because they are strengthened at an early age.
What we have seen, over time, is that our students slowly begin to rely less on adults and more on the bonds they are building with their peers. While these bonds generally form rather naturally in a school setting, it does not mean our staff is not heavily involved in the social development process. Each of our accomplished teachers is important in facilitating and leading group activities in which some level of social development (sharing, taking turns, etc.) is necessary. I have found it helpful to encourage like-minded students to participate in certain activities together, rather than playing separately. For example, two students who like to paint may be encouraged to paint a picture together. This encourages sharing, communication and mutual respect for each other's thoughts and ideas.
It is reassuring knowing our kids–being as diverse as they are–are learning together in an environment that will better prepare them for success. Thank you for your prayers for our efforts to continue this very important mission and for your continued support.