In addition to those perks and benefits that can be measured, there are several personally rewarding perks to choosing a career in early childhood education. While these things can't always be measured, they are certainly worth the effort of putting your best foot forward when teaching preschool.
Personal Feeling: There is nothing in the world like being present for a child's "Aha!" moment. As a preschool teacher, you will be present for many Aha! moments. If you choose to stay with a group of children from infancy through pre-Kindergarten, the feeling and connection you will have for those children will be unsurpassed. You will become as much a part of their every day lives as they will become in yours. Watching a child mature from a curious toddler to a confident pre-kindergartener is probably one of the most underrated perks of being a preschool teacher!
Exercise: There is no time for rest when you are a teacher for young children! In order to keep up and connect with your class, you will probably be doing a lot of moving, bending, running, hopping, skipping and laughing. While it may not look like traditional exercise, you will certainly be burning some calories!
Creativity: The best preschool activities are born when children's curiosity meets with a teacher's creativity. As a preschool teacher, you will be asked to think outside of the box on many different occasions. If there is a difficult concept you are trying to teach, you will be forced to look at it from many different angles. Teaching preschoolers is like a crash course in personal creativity!
Collaboration: As a preschool teacher, you get to collaborate with parents on their greatest asset - their children! You will become an important part of the family's life and will often be counted on to provide support and expertise.