80-92% of your child's brain cells are developed by the time they are 6 years old, so the preschool that you choose for your child is perhaps one of the most important decisions you will ever make. While most preschools offer only babysitting services or basic numbers/colors/shape activities, Kids R Kids of Katy, TX on FM 1463 offers an AdvancED accredited curriculum that promises social, emotional, behavioral, physical, cognitive, and language development every day
Teaching children sign
language from a young age is beneficial in many ways.Because hand-eye coordination develops faster than verbal
skills, children can effectively learn to communicate before they can
talk.This communication can be
viewed as a two-way street; caregivers can be more observant and responsive
when they know what the children need, and children are able to express their
knowledge and feelings.
According to studies
conducted by the National Institute of Health, “24 month old babies using baby
sign language were on average talking more like 27 or 28 month olds,
representing more than a 3-month old advantage over the non-signers.The babies using baby sign language
were also putting together significantly longer sentences.” This advantage
continues through the time children begin school; the studies showed these kids
who had learned sign language had overall higher reading skills in elementary
school than those who didn’t.
Not only do children who
learn sign language gain an intellectual jump start, being able to communicate
has a number of social and emotional benefits as well.By using sign language, children learn
to trust their caregivers, boost self-confidence, and build self-esteem.Children grow emotionally because they
are less frustrated if they can communicate; consequently, biting and other
aggressive behaviors can be reduced this way.
-Emily Lian, Education Director
Early Childhood Education Expert