Is your brain growing? I read the other day that our brains begin growing at birth and reach full physical size by 18 years of age. Fortunately, it continues to mature until we die. That gives me a little hope when I forget a name or struggle to recall a fact from retention capacity.

In a passage from Isaiah, we read, “A little child shall lead them.” I watched some preschool children in their eagerness to learn at Canton First United Methodist Preschool. Director Beth Reed and her dedicated staff offer many opportunities for these children to develop motor and musical skills along with their basic emotional and verbal growth. I learned some things about the preschool experience.

Children are happy about learning

I saw a lot of smiles and sharing experiences happening among the children. Even with what “social distancing” can be practiced among children, there was cooperation and learning to follow instructions. A child’s brain is like a sponge, absorbing almost all the time.

Parents are secure about their children

Seeing parents leaving their children in the custody of these teachers brought smiles to many of their faces. Most of them were ready to do their chores, run errands and perhaps get a little rest. They seemed to feel comfortable about the experiences their children were having. You can see the confidence these parents have about the care of their children.

A preschool is a safe place

Not only did the children seem ready to engage in the safety of their classroom surroundings, but there were watchful eyes to make sure the building doors were secured and the appropriate precautions in place to protect the little ones. Every child seemed to be engaged and active, whatever their individual needs were.

The features in this preschool offer experiences from which all children could benefit. Their feeling of security is a priority as well as their safety. Teachers are carefully chosen, not just because of their training but also because of their genuine care and commitment to the children.

As an observer of these children and the start they are getting, one has a feeling Cherokee County will be blessed with learners and leaders as these mature. I can understand Isaiah’s prediction: ”A little child shall lead them!”

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Dr. James E. Kilgore retired as President of the International Family Foundation and lives in Canton. His most recent book, “Living Without Limits,” was published in late 2019 and is available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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