Top Tips for Helping Children with Pre-K Education
Tips to help with Separation Anxiety
- Always explain to your child beforehand what they should expect.
- Do not sneak away.
- Start reading “back to school” books a few weeks before school starts. The Missing Mommy Cure by Midge Leavey prepares your child for new beginnings.
- Stick with short goodbyes (remember…extended “i love you’s” and long goodbyes will heighten child anxiety.
- Find a preschool or daycare that specializes in separation anxiety (just in case your child surprises you with a melt down the first few days (or weeks) of school.
Tips To Motivate your Child to Learn
- Do not limit learning to the classroom. Allow children to experiment with nature and conversation.
- Develop a world of reading. Read to your child, or have your child read to you. Reading 20 minutes per day will create a good habit for your child.
- Give your child options of what type of learning they’d like to do. Children feel more comfortable choosing their activity.
- Focus more on your child’s strengths rather than his weaknesses. Children need to feel proud of themselves, otherwise they will be discouraged and totally turned off to learning.
- Recognize the fact that all children learn differently. Some learn easier with visual aides, and some through hands on activities. For instance, if your child is a visual learner, demonstrate how something is done or if your child is an auditory learner, read them a book about a specific subject.
- Lastly, keep it fun!
Tips To Help Your Child’s Social Interaction
90% of a child’s permanent foundation for brain development occurs in the early years according to Rauch Foundation. An overuse of gadgets can only stunt this growth and cause a negative impact on the child’s overall development.
If your child is spending more time on a tablet or phone, instead of interacting with others, it can be harmful.
- Our number 1 tip is to teach your child about their emotions. Allow your child to discuss their feelings openly and without judgement.
- Let your children know that they are free to talk, ask questions, and communicate their needs, desires, and ideas.
- Bring your child to places where they can meet other children, play and interact. A playground, water park, sports, preschool classes, dance or karate are all good choices.
- Be a good role model. Children tend to watch and listen to their parents and sometimes mimic them. Allow yourself to have some fun, interact with others and speak freely.