Kindergarten teachers have seen their fair share of children, and thus it stands that they know a thing or two about young children and what affects their behavior.
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Many parents can’t believe that their children clean up their toys, go to the bathroom and eat unassisted at kindergarten, yet revert to being messy, and needing help to eat or go to the bathroom at home.
This is because teachers set boundaries and understand what they can and can’t expect from the children in their class. This comes from years of experience, as well as trial and error. So what advice do kindergarten teachers have for parents? How can you get your child ready for school and also make sure they carry their good behavior home with them?
Here is what we found:
Expectations are a funny thing, and every person is completely different when it comes to setting expectations for their children. The thing is, children are likely to hit the expectations that we place upon them. By expecting them to clean up, go to the bathroom and feed themselves is the way that teachers get them to do it all.
Place higher expectations on what your child is capable of doing on their own (without being ridiculous – they obviously aren’t going to make an omelet at age three). Expect them to do what they do at kindergarten and you might be pleasantly surprised.
Read, read and read some more
Reading is the most important skill for your child to grasp from a young age and will make up a large part of their kindergarten activities. Reading isn’t just about teaching your child how to recognize and spell words; it also teaches them about using their imagination, storytelling and in some cases problem solving or morals.
Start reading to your child from a young age, and then start to read together and slowly start teaching them about the alphabet and recognizing words. A child that loves to read is far more likely to do well at school and it gives them a wonderful hobby.
Give them chores to do
Children need to start learning about responsibility from a young age, and at kindergarten, they are all given tasks to take care of. Give your child chores at home like cleaning their toys, setting the table, or feeding the cat. This doesn’t just teach them about responsibility; it teaches them that there are consequences for their actions and most importantly, it gives them the accomplishment to be proud of every day.
Let them play
Children learn best through play and it’s imperative that you give your child time to do this. Yes, it’s important to learn the alphabet and develop social skills, and they will be doing academic tasks at kindergarten. However, letting them just be children is probably an essential part of their upbringing.
A great idea is to invest in educational toys like building blocks and other products that encourage your child to develop their motor skills, while also learning shapes, colors, reading, writing or problem-solving.
Miniland educational toys were designed to help children learn while they have fun. All of our products are age appropriate and were created to ensure maximum education from the maximum enjoyment for your children.