If you are looking for preschool materials which do more than just keep children occupied then vision based materials are the most effective. As a Behavioural Optometrist for over 25 years, I know that vision is the dominant sense used in the classroom with over 80% of all information coming through vision, and that the development of the right visual skills is absolutely essential for that child to do well in school, and life. So often we overlook preschool materials thinking that this time before grade school is not that important, yet studies show that long term academic success is based on the successful development of visual, auditory and perceptual skills in these early years.
Preschool Materials Are the Building Blocks for Future Success
Preschool or Prep is not the support act before the main event of a child’s schooling career, and it is not a glorified childcare center. It is the launching pad upon which a child’s academic career desperately depends, so using the right preschool materials is essential to provide the right foundation for the child’s development.
Often preschool material offers fun and enjoyment for the children without providing techniques of real substance. This means that the kids enjoy the program, and are kept amused for a time, but they may not be gaining the essential visual skills they need for the coming years. A visually based program is often not only fun but also training the children for future success, and isn’t that what we all want for your kids?
Preschool Materials Should be Visually Based
As I stated before, vision is the dominant sense in the classroom and so it makes sense that the most powerful preschool materials are based around vision. In a world of video and DVD, many young children are failing to develop the skills of visualizing, eye movement control and laterality, and this can severely affect their ability to learn spelling words and read. Yet the injection of some simple, interesting, fun and inexpensive therapies into their learning day can alleviate these problems in no time!
Preschool Materials Must be Fun and Interesting
However, preschool materials do not only need to be helpful in developing skills, they need to be fun and interesting. The must involve the real world and not simply a computer screen, and they need to be hands on and whole body to be effective with young children.
Yet, in addition to fun, the best preschool materials are designed by professionals like myself in the field, because we know the type of therapies and exercises that will yield quick and effective results in children. In fact, I use modified versions of the therapies we use in our Behavioral Optometry office for children with learning disabilities in later grades, because we are trying to train the same visual skills, and do so with spectacular results!
So if you want the very best and most effective preschool materials, which can be surprisingly inexpensive, I encourage you to seek those which are visually based and designed by a vision professional, preferably a Behavioral Optometrist.