The phase of life for kids where they start pre-school/kindergarten is as terrifying and exciting as it is for their parents. The stress of getting an admission in a good reputed school drains the life out of parents. Helping your child achieve basic learning of letters, numbers, colours, shapes, animals, etc. is what typical parenting whispers to all the young parents.
Well, it is definitely normal for parents to do this as we all want our children to have an edge over the other kids in the class, to excel in school and be the smart one that we can be proud of.
Truth be told, there is more to just reading stories, writing skills, rhymes, the ABCs and the 123s to your child’s start to successful education.
Lucky for you, we have the main areas covered.
- Make learning fun
Even though your children may not know how to read right now, make sure they are willing to learn – make learning fun! Inject curiosity in them about things, engage them with puzzles, games that include problem-solving, etc.
- Help them plan things and avoid distractions
Children have a lot of information to process once they start going to kindergarten. Avoiding distractions and being able to plan things out mentally is always a challenge. Parents can help them improve in this by practising sequences with them, like a routine – after we wake up in the morning, we brush our teeth, get ready for school, and then have breakfast. The continuous effort in concentrating on a particular task at hand is also very essential for children.
- Help improve communication skills
A major element of the school environment is surrounding oneself with other people and working alongside them. Children need to develop the interest and skill to work with the teachers and the other students around them, feeling comfortable while participating in a larger group. Help them with activities and games that build teamwork, empathy, positivity, interaction with other people, etc.
- Help them develop the art of paying attention
Children cannot learn if they cannot pay attention, especially in a classroom. Help your children develop this skill by reading books to them and talking to them afterward about the book. Try to hold conversations for as long as you can to see how long their attention span can stretch.
- Confidence and Independence
Transitioning into the school phase of life is a big step for children and they need confidence and independence along with that step. With the pressure of being around a lot of tiny humans their age and the many expectations from them, teach your children to do things independently – making their own bed every morning, putting away their toys after playing, following their daily routine themselves, etc.