A great thinker was asked” what the meaning of life is”? He replied “Life itself has no meaning; it is an opportunity to create a meaning”. Each parent and each teacher has the capacity and opportunity to give that meaning while educating the children.
PREPARING FOR KINDERGARTEN
For that we have to be in touch with each child, in the body mind and spirit. Be it a mentor or parents.
In Today’s world relationships are being managed by the fingers and not with the tongue as no one seems to have time to converse talk and guide the children in proper way.
Everyone seems to be in touch yet no one is in touch because of i.e. keyboards or mobiles and laptops.
To begin with good conversation, guidance and just the talk time dedicated to each child and quality time spent with each individual. Child will take care of their kindergarten, pre primary education and beyond.
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THINGS TO PREPARE FOR KINDERGARTEN
Internal and external truth, cleanliness and simplicity are very close to God. Whatever we think or speak with children is sowing the seeds of future harvest. Let us think hard and infuse the superior thoughts and determination amongst innocent minds.
Apart from the abstract analysis above, we need to prepare our children for being independent at home and school to manage their health and hygiene prerequisites and somehow instill the value of keeping their toys in a box, books in a bag or study table shoes on the shoe rack, dirty clothes in washing machine, close the lid of the toothpaste, close and open the door, use the flash and close the taps and switches etc.
We must invest time and energy in focusing on the self help skills be it at school or home like eating on their own wiping the face, hand wash and looking after their personal possessions .
We need to cultivate sense of responsibility and make them aware of their immediate surroundings as not to create dirt around them, ample use of dustbin, not to waste food and eat on their own.
PRE PRIMARY EDUCATION
Involves developing and following routines. The virtue of punctuality regularity and responsibility is best learned at this stage.
The School conducts the assembly, recess and classes at regular time, we follow the Time table and kindergarten students must learn the art of time management through that. At home the onus is on the parents to make and follow the routine of waking up, sleeping, eating and playing hours and use regularity in bathing, washing and brushing etc. It has often been observed that parents take these things for granted and reach late to the school or sleep late thereby depriving the child of sufficient sleep which results in the child being cranky and upset in the school. This is the best age to form habits amongst children before habits turn out to be their erratic behavior pattern.
Prior to the 3R’s developing routine is of vital importance.
First and foremost we must develop “aural” skills of the kindergarten child and at that juncture school and home must come and join hands together. For that
READ ALOUD TO CHILDREN
Reading aloud helps them in comprehending listening, visualizing and understanding.
A good teacher always uses voice control, voice modulation and high and low in their flow to get the child interested.
Read aloud help them in their spoken flow of language, accent punctuation and modulation. Also this is a pre-requisite to children’s memory.
Another good idea is to keep them away from useful banter and instead involve them in meaningful literacy activities.
Storytelling, rhyme recitation, model reading completes the pattern of listening attentively also small quotations and reading aloud from the book are handy tools for improving the aural skills.
UNDERSTAND THE CHILDS FEELINGS
In your zest to make them learners at kindergartens do not ignore their feeling and emotions. Understand and sooth their anxieties tensions and satisfy their curiosity. That is where Crux of real teaching rests. Feelings play a major role in development. Child must feel good about himself /herself
The routine change though simple is must for letting the child have fun and yet be ready for the school. The minute child steps into the school, he has to have identity of his own. So it is good to work on his or her name and pronounce it properly. Start calling them by name and not pet or nickname, often read picture books to them and it is good to work on their motor skills like paper tearing and pasting, collage making, using harmless scissors and eating with spoon holding, pencils and cutlery etc. Wiping their mouth and art of greeting others will win them instant admiration.
Keep track of the vaccination records. Go for the thorough health checkup. Once we have established a personal care routine like usage of the toilet, basic hygiene, dress self and eat on their own- they are inching towards Kindergarten learning.
Also, look after social and emotional aspect of interacting with people in the school, requesting for health and assistance, overcoming separation anxiety from the parent are some pre requisite and also control overwhelming emotions. If they learn to manage themselves they turn out to be more confident.
If you are looking for the best learning environment in Greater Noida West-Do not make any decision till you visit JBM Smart Start- The Foundation School, where children are not merely educated but are made to evolve with each activity and each new day mentor work on making the Kindergarten children’s
mind making them more receptive and fertile in their imagination. We believe in imparting value based education.
JBM Smart Start is not merely a school that works in offering academy services. Instead, it works on making them think and improve their base. Give them experiential learning thereby making the child think and making them smart and satisfy provoke and nurture their curiosity.
JBM Smart Start teaches them way to live a day and not just rush through the curriculum but also courtesy and mannerisms and social ethos in stress free environment. Enjoy and pass each day with the joy of learning.