It is obvious that kids view schools with mixed emotions. On one side, they are thrilled to meet new friends and enjoy lessons,and on the other side, they get anxious, apprehensive. Parents are also worried about how their child would cope in the first few weeks of schools, until they fall into the routine and start enjoying school.
The feelings of the parents will get reflected in the child, and thus begins, the first pangs. However positive parents may want to feel regarding school, the child will always recognize the vibrations of inner turmoil that they feel.
While you put on a brave front, you can solve your kid's biggest problem. Tell your child “You are going to have a great time at school today or you are going to learn to become a big boy like your brother or you are going to play in the sandbox”. Sure your child hears it and smiles, but what he really is going to keep in memory would be your thoughts.
The vibrations that arise from your thoughts is tremendous, especially when it is even one teeny weeny negative thought like “I hope my child doesn’t get bullied”, it reaches your child. And that’s when trouble starts. So while keeping positive thoughts in your mind, here are some simple ways in which you can prepare your child for school. Here they are:
You do know that for enrolling your child in the kindergarten, your child would have to be at least 4. If your child is younger then he will have to go to preschool. The cut off date and age will vary slightly from school to school and country to country.
But do you know for sure if your child is kindergarten ready? Ensure your child has sufficient physical, cognitive and social development for kindergarten. While some children are very advanced, emotionally, some may lag behind. Are you sure your child is ready to participate in class activities?
In order to prepare your child for school, you need to have one-to-one with him. Be receptive to any fears he has. Reciprocate the excitement he exhibits. Talk about your school days, only the positive ones of course.
While chatting with him, show him the brochure of the school, the website and the pictures and if possible, take him around the school and meet a few teachers. If there is an older sibling already studying in the school, then you can take him along for school events and plays.
You know how school mornings are! The hurried brushing of teeth, bathing and dressing, the gobbling of breakfast and then the mad dash for the school bus. It is not possible to gel in with this routine from day one. So start with this routine a week before school starts. This would help even older children, especially if they have the tendency to oversleep.
Most mothers are stressed in the mornings and they have the tendency to pass on this emotion to their children as well. Little do they realize that their stress rubs on to the child, making them worry about their day as well. Start this practice of talking softly even when you are rushed, and it begins from waking your child in the morning.
Instead of letting your child wake up to the sounds of the alarm clock, gently wake him with love. If your child is slow in the mornings, wake him 10 minutes earlier, so he has the time to get into the groove. The idea is to send your child with happy thoughts so he will be able to perform well, everyday of the week!
Get your child to read good books and read them aloud with him. Reading to your child will improve his vocabulary too. There are plenty of school-related books like Little School by Beth Norling, My Preschool by Anne Rockwell, Kindergarten Rocks by Katie Davis, On the Way to Kindergarten by Virginia Kroll and I Love School by Philemon Sturges.
Listening practice is very important. Especially, if your child isn’t used to a group sitting. Your child should be taught to listen more and talk less. Introduce games where your child will develop the habit of listening.
Children enjoy going to school because it makes them feel grown up. But teaching self-reliance is also important even if the teacher is there in the class. Simple things like tying shoe laces, clipping hair in place, putting the books and water bottle in the school bag and so on.
Teachers might be there to help, but that might snatch time away from teaching. Especially, if she has to cater to all the students in the class. While teaching self-reliance, you can also teach your child to stand for themselves, for others and against bullying.
Since your child has to be away at school for several hours, make sure he is prepared for it, emotionally stable and have the confidence to handle small issues without calling out for the teacher.
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