As a parent of a young child, you are likely looking at early learning services for academics. You know your child will learn their alphabet, math and other basic academics as part of the program services. What you may not consider are the life skills that your child will learn. Here are a few of the life skills your child will learn in early learning services, and what to know about each skill.

Listening Skills

One of the leading issues with younger children is listening. Each child listens on a different level, and most younger children do need assistance with learning skills. In early learning services, your child will learn how to listen to direction. They will learn how to follow direction and learn how to cope when they don't understand the direction. The listening skills they will learn help them to navigate classes and learning. For example, listening skills will help them understand how to follow directions through math problems, puzzles and even through basic activities that include several steps.

Social Interaction Skills

Social interaction skills are vital with most children. They need to have social interaction for various developmental issues, including emotional development. One of the reasons that social interaction skills are so important is because they allow your child to deal with different personalities. They learn to cope with different attitudes, understand emotions, understand how to react with different people and how to help others cope as well. The social interaction helps build your child's confidence, emotional well being, and their daily life skills across the board. Social interaction is taught through game play with other children in the service centre, as well as through classroom interaction, group activities and projects placing children in small, one-on-one group situations. 

Wellness Skills

Wellness is a large issue for many children. Some children do not know what types of food are better choices, about self-help and coping, or how to handle their own emotional wellbeing choices. Wellness skills include topics from food choices to exercise, and even emotional and stress triggers. With the proper wellness services, your child can become better prepared for how to handle stress in the future and how to maintain their lifestyle balance to help them through stressful situations in school and socially.

Each classroom is different, but most early learning services strive to include both academic learning and life skills. If your child needs specific life skill assistance, consider meeting with the administration of the early learning centre you choose. They can help you with specific programs, services and with other issues that you may need assistance with.