A new study elaborated by a team of researchers argues that kindergarten readiness can play a crucial role in the development of children, boosting their academic performance in the long run and providing and diminishing certain risks.
The study observed 966 children and the level of engagement experienced by them over a period of 12 years, from the age of 5 to 17 years old. A large number of factors was taken into account, including academic performance, body development, substance use or potential abuse and anxiety levels.
According to the team, math skills learned during kindergarten contributed to higher grades during high school as well as a lower dropout tendency. Students who went to kindergarten were also more receptive to new information and willing to enlarge their vocabulary.
Children who were engaged during kindergarten were also more inclined to enjoy activities related to the school and less likely to consume alcohol or drugs. The odds of becoming overweight during high school were also considerably lower as students enjoyed physical activity and were more determined to remain fit as the years passed.
The authors of the study also note that the first years in the life of children play an essential role in their development. Social and emotional factors play a major role in the way in which a child might be interested in new information, allowing them to trust teachers and be more curious and willing to learn.
Children who aren’t prepared for school are more likely to drop out before they can finish high school, and can face serious consequences that accompany unemployment, including medical and social issues. People who drop out are more likely to live in poverty, face mental issues or turn to criminal activities to earn money more easily.
The study has been published in a scientific journal.