I want to revisit a concept I touched on at Open House last month: the importance of foundational skills in preschool.
“What are foundational skills?” you wonder.
Foundational skills are small, seemingly simple skills that have to be mastered before more complex skills emerge. Walking, for example, is a complex skill. Before a child is able to walk, she first builds muscle strength through tummy time as an infant, then learns to roll over, to sit up, to scoot, etc. These are foundational, pre-walking, skills.
In the preschool years, foundational skills (like tearing paper, stringing beads, scribbling on paper, sorting cars by color) may not seem particularly scholarly. It can look like children are just playing. “When is the learning going to start?” you might ask yourself. Check out “What Great Parents Do” to get the answer to this question and tips for how you can support foundational skills at home.
At Weekday School, we focus on spiritual foundations in addition to academic foundations. We believe if a child learns about God and Jesus and the Bible at a young age it creates an impression that lasts a lifetime. Storms in life, both figurative and literal, will come. But a child whose life is built on the foundation of God’s Word will be equipped with spiritual resources to stand firm.
“Jesus said: ‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.’” Matthew 7:24-27
Before I sign off, here are two October reminders you’ll want to note.
- There is no school on Monday, October 16 (OCPS holiday) or Tuesday, October 17 (WDS Professional Development Day)
- Fun Fair is awesome. Buy your tickets at the lowest price by October 20. Price increases after that day.
Thank you for sharing your child with us. We love being at school together.