Why is it very important that parent stay involved in their child’s Early Childhood Education?
Except for when it comes to preschool.
Many parents just stay involved in dropping their preschooler off to school in the morning while the teachers take over, and then pick them up at the end of the day. To get the true benefits from early childhood education, parents can include some practices at home.
The Benefits of Parent Involvement in Early Childhood education
Preschool years are the most important years of a child’s development. Most important cognitive development happens during these preschool years. Parents can help their child to grow to their full potential, by getting involved actively in the early childhood education process,
Parent involvement helps extend teaching outside the classroom.
Their involvement creates a more positive experience for children.
Involvement helps children perform better when they are in school.
Involvement of parent is essential in learning what is happening in the preschool setup, as
Parents support is essential in the learning that happens in preschool settings at home as well.
Parents involved in happening of their child’s preschool classroom or child care facility can establish better connection between what is learned at school and what takes place in the home.
This connection is a key component of a child’s development and supporting further learning.
How does it affect a child?
Not only does family or parental involvement help extend teaching outside the classroom; it creates a more positive experience for children and helps children perform better when they are in school.
Some parents who are in search of preschools for their child, do researches before selecting a school, these researches commonly involve questions like:
What is the Right Age to Send Your Kid to Play School or School?
Every mom thinks that her child should be the best one and learn everything at the proper age. So she started thinking to send her baby to play group or school.
Parents generally start to think of this once their child has crossed first year of his life or when they see some other young kids going to a play school. Generally this a conversation starter to moms who meet each other in the garden during evening strolls. Play School is quite a confusing term for people who know that it is also the name of a toy brand.
But right now the play school that we are referring to is a nursery school that children attend for just a few hours per day. As warranted by the age group, the educational component is not very rigid. Really, deciding whether and when to send your kid to play school is more contingent upon other factors, and here’s what you need to know.
The School Requirements
The school likely has a certain age requirement for the playschool program, whether it be 18 months or two years. Generally, schools are pretty strict with their requirements, so your child will need to make the cut-off date. Let’s say only children who will be 2 years old by December 31 are permitted to join, and your child was born on December 29. When birthdays fall that late in the year, you usually have the option to wait an additional year. Whether or not to do so depends on the maturity of your child.
Speaking of maturity, this component is a major one. Of course, no toddler is going to be super mature, but some can be mature for their age. If your child still desperately needs to be around you at all moments, it might be better to find a gentle separation program first. However, on the other hand, children who have a strong sense of independence often thrive from such programs. There are some clues that you can use to determine your child’s school readiness age.
Educational and Recreational Needs
You must also consider where your child is in terms of educational and recreational development. For example, if he or she has never socialized with children of the same age, if he or she is the only child with both parents being working, if he or she is the only child at home then all such cases going to a play group is a very good idea. Children get to meet other children of the same age, starts to interact with them. It has been seen that this kind of setup also helps a child with a speech-delay.
The General Age
There is a general age slab for admission in pre primary age. Play schools generally allow children from age 18 months to 2 years as their youngest enrolls, where as many formal schools have lower Kindergarten as their entry level class.
When you are considering sending your child to playschool, the first step is to find out if he or she even qualifies based on his or her age. If you’re still uncertain about this decision, call the school to see if they offer trial sessions or a program where you can stay with your toddler for the first few days.
RIGHT AGE. What is the school readiness age for your child ?
What is the school readiness age for your child? This might sound a bit tough at first please. But know that it is the term that makes it sound difficult to understand. It is easy for parents to answer this. School readiness exists if your answer to these clues is affirmative:
Is your child able to communicate verbally with adults and other children?
Is your child toilet trained to some extent?
Does your child have enough independence to be separated comfortably from parents for the length of the play school day?
*Does your child have a sense of confidence and an ability to begin to do tasks alone?
Does your child have a desire to explore and have new experiences outside the home?
Have your child developed the beginnings of an ability to relate to other children?
Does your child have the ability to deal with the physical demands of a new environment, such as climbing stairs?
Have your child developed the ability to stay focused on an activity or enjoy rhymes?
Does your child express a desire to go to school?
Is the child used to staying with people other than the mother like grand mother or maid?
How easily she catches a cold from other people?
Is the child comfortable with other people except mom and dad for 1-2 hours?
Please note that the parent’s desire/ need to send a child to play school is different from the child’s readiness to go.
Sending a child to play school before she is ready to go could result in severe psychological damage to the child.. You can think of sending her for short durations if you feel she is not getting enough interactions with other children and you are not able to stimulate her enough because of your work schedule.
As your child grows you will have less and less control on his educational environment. In play school you do. Choose the play school keeping in view benefits to the child rather than future worries.
What to look for in a good play school?
Don’t go merely by the name tag or brand name of the play school in the belief that admission to regular schools will be easier thereafter.
Get reliable recommendations from parents whose children have studied in your shortlisted school.
Talk to the children themselves and see whether they seem happy and interested.
Find out whether the curriculum of the play school concentrates on all round development (including social, emotional, intellectual and physical) or only on securing admission to a regular school?
Are the classrooms attractive for children?
*Are children exposed to activities that encourage self-expression and development of a full range of motor skills?
Are children exposed to books, reading, writing, counting, music, science and nature on a regular basis?
Is there a dedicated area for safe, vigorous physical activity and an adequate supply of equipment. Are children supervised?
What is the teaching environment like? Are children allowed to be creative or think for themselves?
What is the ratio of teachers to children?
Are individual temperament based differences recognized?
Do the teachers question individual children and encourage them to expand their thinking and problem- solving skills?
Does the staff pay attention to the needs of the child?
How far is the play school from your residence?
If meals are provided are they nutritious and varied?
Do the teachers pay attention to the children during mealtimes – making sure they finish their tiffin?
How is the behavior of teachers with the students?
Is the principle experienced as a teacher and as an administrator?
Does the staff welcome you as a participant, communicate regularly with you and respect your preferences and ideas?
What are the rules and regulations followed and the fee structure for admission?
Each school has their own admission procedure and fee structure.
What is the procedure followed for joining in pre-primary school?
Admission procedure varies from school to school. You need to contact the school for admission procedure. Collect the application from the school, fill up the same and submit along with necessary documents.
Where to get this information?
You can get the information about the fee, curriculum and all other things usually on the school’s website or by personally visiting their office.
What are the necessary documents that are needed during admission to a play school?
The list of necessary documents totally depends on a particular school, still here is a list of things you should carry with you during the admission process. Keeping these things ready beforehand will save your time, energy and multiple visits to the school office.
photographs of your child
Birth certificate from a civic body
Blood Group report
Aadhar card number
Photocopy of ID proof of parents/Guardian
This is just a tentative list, schools might demand more or less documents than the ones listed here.
What is the right class for the child in school?
In India, if the entry level class is LKG (Lower Kindergarten or KG 1) then, the right age would be between 3 to 4 yrs. Most schools keep this as 3yrs and 6 months around june end or during the beginning of new session. As this will be the average age of the class.
Before this age a child can only go to a play school or a school with a dedicated class to cater the needs for this age group. In most of the schools, this dedicated class is named as Nursery.
Normally, any play school has an entry level class as a Playgroup. There are many different names for this level. The right age for Playgroup would generally be more than 1years 6 months to 2 years.
What is the right age for a child for getting admission in a Play Group?
Going to Play School also gives a tremendous boost to a child’s vocabulary. Children with cases of speech-delays also improve a lot better when around other kids of the same age. They learn to sing rhymes and songs all day long. Their eating habit and independence also improves by eating in the classroom with other kids. And these are the benefits other than the academic portions.
What is the right age for a child for getting admission in Nursery?
The minimum age limit for a child for getting admission in Nursery is 2.5 years.
What is the right age for a child for getting admission in Lower Kindergarten/ LKG/ KG-1?
Please note that there is no specific age limit criteria for joining/admission in LKG. The minimum required age for getting admission in 1st standard in any CBSE school is more than 5 yrs and 6 months around June. So minimum required age for a child for getting admission in LKG is minimum 3.5 years.
What is the right age for a child for getting admission in Upper Kindergarten/ UKG/ KG-2?
The required age for getting admission in UKG is 4.5 yrs.
What is the right age for a child for getting admission in Class 1 / Grade I?
The minimum age required for getting admission in 1st class is 5.6 years and so on. Meeting the age criteria is a must for getting admission in CBSE based schools.
The age limit varies with state. So, it’s better to visit school to get details for admission and eligibility criteria.
What will child learn in playschool? If you are wondering whether to send your child to a playschool or not, here’s what you should consider before making a decision.
Broadly these are the fields covered under a playschool academic routine:
Sensorial Life utilizes specially designed sensorial material to develop the physical sense and the powers of observation.
This area enables the child to gain an understanding of:
Taste: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, etc.
Hearing: pitch, tone, loud and soft, etc.
Sight: long and short, broad and narrow, small and large, geometric shapes, etc.
Touch: smooth and rough, hot and cold, heavy and light, etc.
Smell: spices, herbs, flower scents, etc.
Mathematics is introduced to the child through concrete, manipulative terms that enable him/her to understand the basic concepts. More abstract forms are then used as the child progresses from numbers, quantity numerals to concepts such as place values. As the child progresses, he/she starts working with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using specially designed materials. The emphasis is on understanding that en rote learning.
Language spans every area of the programme though it is included in the basic skills. It encompasses verbal skills, visual perception and small muscle coordination. Beginning with listening games, training the hand with puzzles, the child is familiarized with the alphabets. Specially designed materials enable the child to gain an understanding of how separate sounds combined together to form words. This area helps in oral language development, written expression, reading and grammar.
Enrichments are an introduction to the basic elements
of our world – land, air and water. At first, the children use large wooden
puzzle maps of the continents. As they learn the names of the continents, and
then move on to maps of countries. This is followed by a gradual learning about
Life introduces the child to task organization and cognitive order
through exercises such as pouring, polishing, spooning and buttoning. The child
develops concentration, muscular coordination and a sense of order. This area also aids in learning care of self, care of the
environment, control of movement and social relations.
This area is the
foundation for subsequent academic learning because it provides:
A SENSE OF ORDER that is a task’s beginning, middle and end.
SENSE OF INDEPENDENCE that is “I can do it by myself”.
*A SENSE OF COORDINATION that is ” We are a team”, and I need to coordinate with others.
Child will learn in playschool a lot of new things for sure. It is a readiness program before the formal schooling.
Should you send your child to a playschool? Here’s what you should consider before making the decision.
A few decades ago, the concept of playschools in India was unheard of, and few children, if any, attended playschool. Still, everyone grew up into mature, sensible, well read and well-spoken adults. Now however it seems as if every parent sends their pre-nursery child off to a playschool.
Most playschools in India are privately owned, and expensive. If you are wondering whether to send your child to a playschool or not, here’s what you should consider before making a decision.
Do you have a lot of time that you can devote to your child?
If both you and your spouse are working and you don’t have a lot of spare time, you may not be around to teach your child much – with the result that when your child starts school he may lag behind his classmates who have attended playschool. However, if one spouse is a stay-at-home parent and has the time to attend to the children and teach them, you could consider not sending your child to a playschool. Remember that very young children too have an incredible ability to learn. Their brains are remarkably sharp, and it makes sense to put them in an environment conducive to learning at this young age.
Playschool Education – Academic routine
When deciding which playschool to send your child to, try and find something that isn’t very academically inclined. Your child shouldn’t be struggling, trying to learn something like math at such a young age. Instead, find a play school that focuses on letting a child have fun while learning.
Playschool Education – Social opportunities
Play schools also provide an opportunity for children to socialize with other children. In addition, he will also gradually get used to the concept of a classroom in an informal manner, making his transition into school that much easier. So, if you live in an isolated neighborhood or in a place where there are not many other children your child’s age, it makes sense to send your child to playschool. Your child will learn to interact with numerous children at a young age.
Yes, the social benefits of sending your child to playschool are undeniable, but don’t expect miracles. If your child is shy, sending him to playschool will not automatically transform him into a confident person. In addition, you may find that there are other ways to help your child socialize. If you have membership to your local club for example, you could consider enrolling your child in sports.
Sending your child to a playschool helps ease him into a routine earlier on. However, remember that even if your child doesn’t go to playschool initially, 12-14 years of schooling followed by college will get him accustomed to a routine anyway. Whether or not he continues with the discipline depends on his innate nature and the job he takes up – and not on whether he has been to playschool or not.
My hobby is gardening, and it reminds me of my Happy childhood. That is why the season of rain, greenery brings more joy to me. I love watching plants grow. I feel joyful when around lush greens. When plants get best environmental conditions they grow and flourish well. By profession, I am a preschool teacher, so I am always around lots of energy and positivity. I enjoy their cute questions, observations, their unique understanding of the world around them. They smile back, if they get one as greetings. I love watching toddlers grow and get ready for their formal schooling. Happy childhood is all about joy and happiness.
Let’s give them a Happy childhood
It is July, season of rain. Best time to plan, design, redesign, shift, your terrace, kitchen garden, balcony, front garden,back yard or any other place that you have.
It also best time for the Nursery owners and farmers to plan for upcoming season.
It is July, also season for School admissions. Best time to plan admitting your 2-3 years old to his very first play school, shifting a 6 years old to a formal school, shifting a primary student to a middle school because you think the other school will do justice to your child, shifting a ninth grader to a school which provides better preparatory classes for tenth and higher studies, shifting your confused and still adjusting adolescent to coaching centres that produce a batch of adults with tired minds.
It is also best time for parents to choose best subject for their eleventh grader, because, in present parenting style, parents think their child is good at their choice of subject, and that very subject will decide the fate of your child.
It is know fact, we, the parents know it all. We everytime know what is best for our child. We even know which are their choice of subjects. And we think it is part of giving them a Happy childhood
Ok, let me not confuse you, with these long and complex sentences. Let’s just consider one part at a time.
Coming back to our gardeners, they put seeds first in green house, in seedling trays. They make the environment suitable for these seedlings, so they could grow properly.
Similarly, we admit our toddlers to homeschooling, a playschool or priprimary school setup. Yes, it is true that play schools, Preschool and Preprimary schools are places which are designed keeping in mind the learning requirements to this age group. It provides separate setup, separate set of teachers, who are smiling, motherly and most importantly soft spoken. The curriculum also gives these schools the liberty to do things at a pace which is not too tiring for the child.
Just imagine if the gardener decides to put some of the seedlings in to the open garden area, within 15 days of their life. Nature is very kind, they will still grow. Gardener, might feel happy, that he has saved his time by shifting the seedlings early. But will this not put some stress to these seedlings? Gardener could have avoided that harsh Sun or heavy rains for few more days.
As parents, we have made plans for our child’s future, a timeline set for everything in their Happy childhood.
Some parents come to our Kindergarten school, trust us, follow the age criteria and admit their child accordingly.
Some parents come to us with better plans.
” Mam, my child is 2 and a half years old, but I know she is very active, so I request you to please admit her in a class higher than her age group.”
To this, we as teachers tell them, that it will just lead to alot of stress to your child. School will be a new place for her to adjust to. On top of that if she is admitted to a class where all the other children are one year elder to her, she will have to adjust and cope up with that batch. A batch which is physically and mentally one year elder to her.
Some parents agree to teachers point of view and some don’t.
This lengthy writeup is addressed to all those who do not agree to our request.
Trust me on this, at this early years of life, this difference in mental age counts.
Imagine, at this prewriting age first day of school, girl is sitting in a class learning to hold a pencil in her grip, where everyone else has mastered the prewriting strokes.
Oh! this is not enough, she will be doing some extra effort at home to hold pencil and learning to write, because, parents want her to catch-up with the class too.
Homework pressure, and peer pressure at this age is too much to handle for a child.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE
Be the patient Gardener, give your child, his time to grow.
Don’t be the gardener who just wanted to shift his seedlings in hurry.
DON’T SAVE YOUR TIME, BY STRESSING A CHILD.
SAVE YOUR CHILD, BY STRETCHING HIS CHILDHOOD.
I wish this message of positive schooling and Stress-free childhood reaches every parent. Every one deserves a stress-free happy childhood. If you support this philosophy of extending childhood years, please like, share, comment and follow.
We think we are doing it right. And the same situations comes many times. We unknowingly become hindrance to the growth of our child. And he has to face a lot of peer pressure. It repeats in school during the classes and at home. Children get homework, assignments, project work and many more activities for which student needs some guidance from parents. Let’s make their project solve the purpose, for what it was meant. Many times we as parents don’t do the way it should be done. To know common mistake that we do get for project work , please follow link: https://happyheartforeverhome.wpcomstaging.com/2019/07/14/make-it-precious-not-beautiful/
Happy childhood is the best gift.
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