Soon your child will begin Preschool – an exciting and new place for both of you.While many parents feel sad/ anxious that their child is growing up and leaving home and going to an unfamiliar environment, Preschool is an opportunity for your child to learn and mature. Start now to work and play with your child to make sure he/she has some preparation for the new environment. Information can help make the move from home to school smoother and more fun.
What does “Parent Involvement” mean?
“Parent Involvement” is “a meaningful, on-going, two-way conversation between parents and schools.
What does this mean to you?
Parent involvement means that you care about your child’s education and find ways to let him/her and the school, know that you care. When families send a positive message to their children about the importance of education, children have more success in school. Research has clearly proven that the students with involved parents are more likely to perform better; adjust well to school, attend school regularly. So talk with your child’s teacher early in the year and often throughout the year. Tell the teacher what you know about your child and ask for more ways to help your child at home. Have good conversations with your child about school. Ask him/her to “tell me something about your day at school.”
IMPORTANCE OF PARENTS INVOLVEMENT
- When parents send a positive message to their children about the importance of education, children have more success in school.
- Research has clearly proven that the students with involved parents are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, to be promoted, to adjust well to school, to attend school regularly.
- So you need to talk to your children and give them ample of quality time and quantity time.
Here are some GOOD ways to make your child ready for school.
A MONTH IN ADVANCE…
- Help your child remember his/her home address and phone number.
- Ask your child to recite this information every day.
- Review the difference between strangers and trusted adults like teachers and parents.
- Discuss your child’s needs with the teacher or contact person. If your child has special needs, notify the school, understand your options, and confirm that acceptable accommodations can be made.
- Visit the school with your child.
- Make your child understand that this is the place where you are going to have fun with your new friends as well as learn many new things.
A WEEK BEFORE…
- Visit the school with your child. If possible, arrange a meeting with the teacher.
- Children sometimes worry about using the bathroom at school.
- Let your child know that there will be a bathroom nearby and that he can use it when he/she needs to.
- If your child will have a sleeping schedule that coincides with the school timing, help him develop a new sleep pattern. Begin putting him or her to bed 10-15 minutes earlier each night, and waking him/her earlier in the morning so his/her sleeping schedule will be in place when school starts.
- Make a list with your child of what can be packed for lunch and snacks. Make a list of what should be in your child’s backpack each morning. Making these lists gets you and your child talking about school, and helps set up routine.
ON THE DAY …
- Help your child select and lay out clothes for the day.
- Prepare a light nutritious breakfast to get your child energized for the big day and make sure there is enough time to enjoy it without rushing.
- Encourage your child to do her morning routine on her own, but don’t expect too much on the first day.
- Gather up the backpack and lunch. Remind your child of after-school plans.
- Take your child to the bus stop or to school on the first day. Say a cheerful goodbye and leave promptly when the bus comes or bell rings.
- If your school has given you any specific instruction of what to expect on the first day, you can ask your child about the day when she comes home.
- Start bedtime a little early so you have time for any last questions.
- Have a special snack ready for your child when he/she gets home.
- Plan a special “First Day” family dinner. Make a fun meal and use the mealtime for discussing the first school day. Take a family photo to mark the occasion.
IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR SCHEDULE
Getting the child used to the child care daily routine is a good first step to help a child easily settle in a preschool.
- Routines are very important for toddlers.
- Routines give structure to their day and help to reduce temper tantrums and crankiness that result from irregular sleeping and eating schedules.
- Daily routines are great for mothers too, whether you stay at home or you work outside of the home.
- The effectiveness of a daily routine isn’t so much about what time you do something, but that you do something at the same time every day.
- Set up a time that works for your family and allows flexibility for individual family schedules and needs.
- Getting enough sleep is very important for young children.
TIPS TO ENHANCE YOUR CHILD’S LANGUAGE
Language development is important to a child in order to adequately exchange information with others in a meaningful way.
- Read together every day for 15 minutes or more – or at least at bedtime.
- Listen to recorded stories.
- Recite nursery rhymes and make up silly rhymes.
- Sit or kneel on the floor at child level to talk & play.
- Sing songs and play music in your home and car.
- Find good websites to play and read together.
- Colour and draw.
- Play word games and board games.
IMPORTANCE OF FOOD YOU GIVE TO YOUR CHILD
Good nutrition and a balanced diet help kids grow up healthy.
Whether you have a toddler or a teen, have best strategies to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits:
Some strategies that you can use are:
- Have regular family meals.
- Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks.
- Be a role model by eating healthy yourself.
- Avoid battles over food.
- Involve kids in the process.