Study Reveals That Social Skills Learned In The Kindergarten Are More Important Than Academic Success

Most of the parents’ concerns and worries are groundless and not quite important for their kids’ future. A study carried out in 2015 suggested that a child's future academic success may not be so important in the long run, as less effective students can still grow up to become very successful businessmen and build happy families.

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After 20 years, you probably won't remember that your son or daughter had a hard time remembering the capitals of certain countries, or did not read as fast as the others did.

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However, there is something that molds the young personality once and forever: The kindergarten experience. Yes, those early preschool interactions with other kids are essential for cognitive, emotional and mental development.

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Early social skills predetermine a child's success 25 years later, and that sounds incredible.

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Apparently, going to the nursery is not just a fun time, as it builds the basis for developing healthy relationships with other people. This is what your child may learn while in the kindergarten:

1. Self-control, self-learning

The kindergarten experience gives a child many valuable lessons, and give them opportunities to explore their own personality. They realize their own impulses and learn how to control them.  

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A child starts to understand the notions of time, waiting, movement coordination, and interacting with others through games, and that is a great workout for the brain.

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2. Empathy

One of the most humane quality can only be acquired while interacting with others, especially with one's peers. A child learns how to be helpful and sympathetic, how to see the world through someone else’s eyes. In addition, the younger generation adopts polite behavior and good manners by helping a friend to tie their shoe laces, find a toy, or clean the mess they make.

3. Recognizing emotions

Children who can recognize others’ emotions build more successful relationships in adulthood. In the nursery, they can widen the experience by learning emotions from a set of cards and watching their peers. Under the supervision of teachers, who explain the shades of human moods and reactions, children improve their communication skills. It is definitely going to pay off in the future.

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4. Problem-solving and decision making

These two important social skills are also developed formed in the kindergarten! Through the games, kids learn how to plan and make decisions. Moreover, they understand how to solve problems and manage conflicts. Sharing one toy or two? Has your neighbor just pushed you? Or have them eaten your ice-cream?

Children may be at a loss while facing conflicts for the first time, but they need the experience to learn to solve them wisely in the future.

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Paying attention to children’s social abilities in the kindergarten and helping them to improve their communication skills among their peers may become a major foundation for their future. So, stop worrying about your kid's grades, and ask them how things are going with their classmates.

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Source: American Journal of Public Health

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