When parents are actively involved in the preschool (and then – in school) life of the child, it brings him great benefits. The child becomes more confident and sees how much you value her learning efforts. Nine tips for parents of preschoolers.
Research by psychologist’s shows that children whose parents are actively involved in their education, later receive higher grades, and their success in school is generally higher. Such children are more likely than others to receive higher education after graduation.
Active participation in the child’s preschool life will benefit you as well. You will meet the parents of other children and will always be aware of all the events that take place in kindergarten. Here are some tips to help you get active in your child’s preschool life and contribute to their learning.
- Start right now. Meet your child’s caregivers. Don’t wait for parent meetings. Exchange telephone numbers with your caregiver to stay in touch with her. This will set a positive tone for your interaction for the whole year.
- Help in kindergarten. Most educators are happy to accept suggestions from parents to help. Ask the educator what help she needs. This can be the arrangement of educational facilities, preparation of materials for classes, assistance in organizing various activities, accompanying children during excursions, and so on. If your work schedule does not allow you to spend time regularly in kindergarten, tell your caregiver that you will be happy to help from time to time.
- Participate in the parent committee. Educators often entrust several parents organize any holiday or administer parent chat in messenger. If you take on this responsibility, it usually means that you will do it during the school year. So make sure you have to get enough time for all this. If you have time for such work – this is a great way to meet other parents and caregivers.
- Help the educator from home. If you do not have enough time to visit kindergarten often, you can help from home. For example, you can check how your parents can help you to prepare materials for classes, etc. If you do this, the child, looking at you, will understand that learning is important. It will also help you to communicate with the teacher.
- If possible, attend classes in kindergarten. Offer your tutor your help as a guide during walks and excursions. Help organize the holidays that take place in kindergarten.
- Communicate with other parents. Find an opportunity to meet parents whose children are in the same group with your child. Meet them and exchange phone numbers. You will be able to communicate with them after your children go to school and exchange useful information.
- Attend activities that are held in kindergarten. Make it a rule to go to all parent meetings, open days, exhibitions, etc. Try to attend even those events in which your child does not participate. This can be a good reason to talk to your caregiver and other parents. In addition, the baby will feel more confident when you are around.
- Talk to your child about kindergarten. When you return home with your child, ask about what they did during the day. Try to ask specific questions. For example, instead of asking, “How was your day?” ask: “What good happened to you today in kindergarten?” or “Tell us about a new thing you learned today.”
- Show your child that his / her kindergarten lessons are important to you. Praise your child when you see how she tries. Let her know that you enjoy her work: for example, hang her picture on the fridge. Tell your child that learning is important to you, and show it in action.
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Follow the above tips, communicate with caregivers and other parents. So you will make your contribution to the lessons in kindergarten for the child to be fun and exciting.