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:
Part 3 of 3, Points to keep in mind while taking the final decision at the store.
Here we can list the things to keep in mind before paying the bill. As parents, please check:
Will this toy help my toddler grow intelligently? I know many parents selecting useful puzzle games, board games like chess, English learner laptop, robot games to help their toddlers grow intelligently.Guiding Puzzle Games :Example: Abacus, Maze Chase, Size Exploration Board & Shape Sorter – This interesting indoor game, help kids use their abilities & get the right shape & order for the toys.
Will this toy be serving the purpose or help in the present interests of my child? Parents choose infant and toddler toys based on educational value, child’s interest and also if the toy has an off switch. Educational value will be different for each child. I want to stress that this does not mean academic learning. If a child shows an interest in cooking then a play kitchen would be a good option. If the child is learning to walk then a toy they can push or stand at would be an option.
Does the toy serve multiple option?. Try to pick toys that allow for multiple options. A walking toy that has shaped blocks, or a kitchen that has a clock/timer so they start to understand the concept of time.
Is the toy safe for the intended child?
Buying specific toys for kids depends on kids interest & toy advantage to the kid growing age. As a parent I would have always decided to buy educational toys & games for my kids which can enhance their learning skills & motivate them to get social as well.Hope these points are of some use to you. Please mention in comments box, if you have any other mindset for buying toys.
A Happy childhood is the most precious gift we can give to our child.
Here we can list the mindset of parents, while purchasing toy or games:
Purpose: While purchasing or choosing from a collection of toys*, one should always remember the difference between a toy with no objective and a toy serving an objective. An objective oriented toy will stimulate the senses in a child, giving a chance to explore things around. Example: if your child likes cars or teddy bear, making a collection of the same will not stimulate the senses in the child.
Value for Money: With prices for many toys being high because of an associated “brand” value, it is wise to see if the toy really is worth the money paid in terms of entertainment or learning for the child. Check if the toy is relevant for an age as well as cultural perspective. Example: the same kind of board games are offered by many companies. If the packaging or the brand name is making the difference in price, please choose wisely.
Simple Toys: In the era of digitization, toys are getting more confusing and complex day by day. The golden rule for young children – the simpler it is, the more likely that they will enjoy it. Complex toys could potentially confuse the child by giving too many inputs simultaneously. So, keep it simple yet challenging.
Appeal: Fancy super colorful and filled with imagery could hit the eyes initially, but children are likely to just ignore all this after a couple of times of playing with it. Example: Kinder joy, children buy this chocolate for the excitement of getting the tiny attractions in the package, they play with it, for some time. Then it goes to some corner of the toy box. What will excite them, is the challenge. Classic examples are tops like bey-blades & fidget spinners. This catches the fancy of all older children, because they enjoy the challenges that these toys pose. For the younger children, wooden blocks/toys score really high on this factor of appeal.
Age Appropriate: Many a time when the toy is bought, it has all the features that an individual is looking for, but somehow it has not taken the child’s fancy fully. Usually the reason for this is that it may not be age appropriate. In the initial years, every phase for a child is critical, and every age group has some milestones to be fulfilled. So if the toy bought for the child is not appropriate to his or her age, he or she will either: (a) get bored fast if the toy is below their age, or (b) they may get irritated if the toy’s complexity is too much for them to handle. It is always wise to match children’s age to the appropriate toys to make their time joyful and interesting.
Safety: For obvious reasons safety is the greatest concern. Sometimes a child puts a toy in his or her month to explore and understand more about it. Unaware of any dangers due to sharp corners, the paint used on the toy, they choose to experiment with the toy. Keeping all this in mind it is necessary to look for preferably CE certified ones or the ones you have checked and assured keeping all the above points in mind.
Battery Operated Toys: Battery operated toys are made up of typically metal or plastic. These will obviously need periodic battery replacing. This is not environmentally friendly both in terms of the battery as well as the outer metal/ plastic case. Battery operated toys* also tend to take away the manual element in toys which young children need. Pressing buttons to move cars is less preferable to moving the car around manually. They also need a constant supply of batteries to work.
Discovery and Exploration: While purchasing a toy, ensure it provides ample opportunities to explore and discover. When children start to discover different ways of playing with the toy, then they learn a lot while playing.
Buying specific toys for kids depends on kids interest & toy advantage to the kid growing age.
As a parent I would have always decided to buy educational toys & games for my kids which can enhance their learning skills & motivate them to get social as well.
Games, toy and puzzles are almost a basic requirement of family child care.
A good toy is one that can be used in more than one way.
Why toy, games and puzzles are important? Toy, games and puzzles include a wide range of materials that children can explore, put together, pull and push, stack and create – sometimes for a long period of time. Appropriate toy gives children opportunities to practice new skills. Such as putting pegs into small holes, and to develop new skills. Such as matching pictures that are the same.
Games, toy and puzzles are almost a basic requirement of family child care. A good toy is one that can be used in more than one way. In fact the more ways in which such objects can be used, the longer they will hold a child’s interest. Also the more value you get from your investment. This is why construction toy, coloured pattern blocks, doll houses and sets of people or animals are so popular.
A good toy can be used by children at different stages of development; children will simply use them in different ways. For example, 1 year old and 4 year olds both enjoy nesting tubes. 1 year old typically put these toys in their mouth, drop them to see what happens, or just dump them into a container. 4 years old however will fit the nesting tubes together, make elaborate designs and structures with them and name the colour of each cube.
Many of the skills children learn using toys help prepare them for later schooling. For example, when they play with toy/games children learn about math s, patterning and direction.
Here are some ways in which children will grow and develop by playing with toys.
Children develop thinking skills by:
Using their senses to explore a toy (going on a plastic ring)
Identified colours in shapes ( playing with colour toy or using a game with geometric shapes)
Learning directionality (turning puzzle pieces so that they fit together)
Classifying objects according to size shape or function (playing with a button box and dropping buttons in a box)
Being creative and solving the problem (trying to create a spaceship with the set of of pick up sticks)
Children develop socially by:
Sharing materials that interest them (using toy, games and puzzles together during free play)
Playing cooperatively (playing a Lotto game with another child)
Taking responsibility (using materials carefully and returning them to their proper places)
Children develop emotionally by:
Experiencing their own power (pounding a toy with a plastic hammer and seeing it move)
Achieving satisfaction by completing a task (successfully completing a wooden puzzle)
Extending the imagination and creativity (using parkway tree blocks to create unique designs)
Children develop physically by:
Using small muscles skills (picking up colour tubes and dropping them in a plastic container)
Practicing visual skills (playing with the set of stacking rings)