So your precious child has been admitted to nursery and as she or he takes the first steps towards independence, you as a parent must naturally seem very concerned and eager to ensure that it is a smooth transition for the child. Here are a few tips from an experienced nursery teacher. Ms. Naseem from Trio World School has more than ten years experience, and these tips will definitely help every anxious parent as their tiny tots navigate the journey from home to school.
- While bringing your children into the school campus, always lead the child by hand by your side. This develops more independence and more confidence in the child. When you hold the child in your arms or communicate over possessiveness, the child will find the transition very difficult.
- Calm down and trust the teacher and the institution. You would have enrolled your child in only after checking the credentials of the institution and believing in the institution’s capabilities.
- It takes a minimum of 2 – 3 months for the child to fully settle in. Only after that period does learning set in. Therefore the instructions for early years are very different from that of higher classes. Trust that.
- Don’t disrespect the teacher. Remember she is a human being and has under her care a minimum of at least 20 children. Respect her time and that the same way your child is important to her, the other children are equally important to her.
- A teaching methodology designed for children is set up after due consideration and planning. It is not something that can be explained to you in 5 or 10 minutes. Trust the learning methodology at work and wait patiently for results in your child. Each child has his/her own learning curve.
- At home reinforce the learnings in the classroom by talking about it and encouraging the child. This will greatly aid in the child’s learning curve.
- Provide play dough, physical & outdoor activities which develop social skills & cognitive learning in the child. This prepares the child for school in Bangalore.
- At home, encourage the child to eat on his/her own with a spoon. Even if it is messy don’t look for an easier option to feed. This will encourage good eating habits in the child and you don’t need to be overtly anxious if your child is eating in school.
- Your child’s teacher and you are on the same page – always remember that.