Do you have family friends with little ones at a similar age as yours? They could be families you meet through sports activities, music lessons, church or other organizations. Do you get together for playdates? What about attending the same school?
We’ve written a couple of blogs highlighting the significance of relationships in early childhood development [www.thegardnerschool.com/blog]. In The Importance of Relationships at an Early Age, we learn that your child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth is stimulated from others their age. In Lifelong Friendships Begin in Preschool, it’s reported that people with many friends have less tension, less stress and live longer. So, children who develop friendships early on can have a very positive effect on their behavior.
But, have you ever thought your children’s friends could attend school with them? Children benefit greatly with having friends in their class. University of Florida’s IFAS Extension reported that “having friends even affects children’s school performance. Children tend to have better attitudes about school and learning when they have friends there.”
Friends are a significant part of growing into your own person, and strong friendships further the improvement of education, healthy habits and behavior. “Attributes such as social competence, altruism, self-esteem and self-confidence have all been found to be positively correlated to having friends. Studies have found that friendships enable children to learn more about themselves and develop their own identity,” found Life Education.
If you don’t know where to start when asking your family friends about attending preschool with your children, we have a great referral program in place! Introduce your child’s best friends to The Gardner School and receive $200 in referral credit. The world of friendship is a wonderful thing, so contact us today, and learn more about our referral program!