9 Characteristics of a “Well-Educated” Preschooler

9 Characteristics of a “Well-Educated” Preschooler

As a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project, I had the opportunity to answer the question, “What is a well-educated preschooler?”  Rather than simply surmising what specific abilities would lead to success in first grade and beyond, we actually went out and found a large sample of children who were doing exceptionally well in school, and we then looked to see what distinguished them from their average and below average peers.  As you might imagine, superb language and intellectual abilities were on the list.  But the following nine characteristics we found might not immediately come to mind.

  • The ability to get and maintain the attention of adults in socially acceptable ways.
  • The ability to use adults as resources.
  • The ability to both lead and follow peers.
  • The ability to show pride in one’s accomplishments.
  • The ability to involve oneself in adult role-playing behaviors or otherwise express the desire to grow up.
  • The ability to note discrepancies.
  • The ability to anticipate consequences.
  • The ability to plan and carry out multi-step activities.
  • The ability to attend to two things simultaneously or in rapid succession (dual focusing).

I don’t think you will find an early education program that fosters all of these capacities as completely and effectively as Romp n’ Roll.

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