Kindergarten is an exciting and critical time in your child’s development and growth. You as a parent can play an important role in this wonderful journey.
Here’s what kindergarten teachers want parents to know:
Your job isn’t over when you drop your little one off at school; it has only just begun.
Your child’s teacher wants to be your partner. Keep them informed about what goes on at home that might affect your child’s behavior or academic performance. Share with them how what they do at school affects your child at home.
First-hand experiences are another teacher for your child.
Take him/her to museums, the zoo, the aquarium, the library, parks, art performances, and geographic locations such as the mountains, beaches, forests, and deserts. And do it often. She’ll grasp concepts and skills better if she has experiences with the real thing.
Homework is an opportunity for talking, sharing, and listening.
Teachers give homework to extend the learning of the classroom. It is a chance for you to find out what your child is studying and how well he is grasping the skills and concepts being taught at school. Talk to your child about his homework. It shows him that you care and value what he does at school.
Read ALL the notes, newsletters and flyers that are sent home.
Your child’s teacher puts a lot of time into preparing them and they will answer many of your questions. So, it is very important to check and read all the notes, newsletters and flyers that are sent to you.
Learning is a full-time endeavor and you are your child’s primary teacher.
Learning doesn’t begin at 9:00 and ends at 3:00. Your child is going to learn a lot and be exposed to new ideas in school, but at the end of the day, it’s up to you to keep that learning going. In fact, teachers rely on parents reinforcing newly learned skills as a way to promote ongoing scholastic success. Ask him to share what he’s learning with you and find ways to extend that learning. It can be as simple as finding books at the local library to explore a topic deeper, teaching them values, norms, culture, ethics e.t.c
The more self-control your child has, the more successful he/she will be in school.
Children need practice in deciding how and when to express their feelings and needs, and when and if to act on impulses. Help him/her develop and practice these skills at home before he tests them at school, where the consequences are a loss of learning for him and for others.
Addressing the teacher
If you have questions or concerns you’d like to discuss with the teacher, the first morning of school during the craziness of kindergarten drop-off is not the time to address them. Instead, write a note or email, or leave a phone message with a time you would like to meet with her.
Both teachers and parents working hand in hand could help create a positive impact on a child’s growth. r. Your kindergartener will be learning much more than how to share and use classroom materials. Be prepared to see your child’s reading skills blossom and her mind challenged. You could help him/her make the most out of school by getting more involved in the school.