If it is your first time sending your child to kindergarten, you will find the process quite daunting. This is your child’s first foray into the world outside the safe boundaries of your home. There are certain things they should be aware of before going off to kindergarten. This will ensure a smoother transition from home to school.
What you should first remember is that you shouldn’t over-prepare your child. The parent may inadvertently talk about the kindergarten from a very early age in the child’s life and start preparing them which will overwhelm the child. The best thing to do is to start speaking about the preschool in a very spontaneous and optimistic way 2 to 3 weeks before it starts. Give them an idea of what they can expect.
Nurseries generally have a set schedule and it will be easier for your child to transition from home to school if they are used to this. So in order to acclimatise them, you can set a routine in your house. This will make for fewer adjustments as well. Routines can give your child a sense of safety and belonging. For example, a daytime routine of getting your child ready for the day by helping them make the bed, eat breakfast, get dressed up and brush their teeth will give them a feeling of order. It will also offer you more opportunities to bond with your child. This way you can learn more about them and they will feel a stronger connection to you. Another way is to get them used to daily chores so that they can help around the house. It will give them a sense of responsibility.
Children can be very inquisitive of the world around them. You can lead by example when it comes to teaching good habits. For example, you can offer food or other items to less privileged people with your child and allow them to nurture sympathy for others. It is important that they empathize with the people around them. This will teach them to be kinder and more caring people. It will help them when they’re in international kindergarten in Singapore with children from various backgrounds. Other good habits are cleaning up after themselves, polite language, patience etc.
Motor skills are important for the development of your child. You can help them hone their skills by engaging them in activities such as cutting paper, colouring books, moulding clay and glueing things together. You can interest them in mind games such as puzzles to fine tune their mental acuity as well. Interest them in reading by having a reading time before bed. Come up with fun activities for you and your child to do together. Not only will it sharpen their skills, it will increase the bond between you as well.