There comes a time in the child's life when we begin to think seriously about whether or not it is time for the child to enter the community. When I just come to the world it seems that moment is very far, but with each passing day, the baby grows harmoniously and here at the door knocks ... kindergarten!
To begin with, let us establish that each child has his or her own rhythm, which should be respected and then we should guide ourselves so that things go out properly. If some children seem to be ready for kindergarten from the age of 2, others do not reach this point even around the age of 3-4. That is why we can say that there is no particular age at which the child should be enrolled in kindergarten, but rather that it differs from child to child.
In the period before enrolling the child in kindergarten, the parents' life seems to revolve around a single question: "Is my child ready to go to kindergarten"?
By the age of 2-3 years, the child should tick off some important acquisitions, which will facilitate their integration into the community and help him to do it alone.
He may not be ready for kindergarten if he does not do the following:
1. He is not used to the absence of parents and does not react well to strangers;
2. He has not given up his diapers and does not know how to use the pot when he needs to go to the toilet;
3. He has not mastered the basic words (water, poop, pee, pope, yes, no) and cannot communicate very well with an adult regarding his needs;
4. Does not handle clothing items (hedgehogs, buttons or zipper) and needs the help of an adult;
5. You cannot feed yourself, you cannot hold the teaspoon in your hand and put it in your mouth;
6. Can not follow the instructions of an adult (to bring a thing requested, to show where it hurts);
7. Fails to stay at the place for 5 minutes for participating in various activities;
8. The sleep routine is not developed and is not used to respect a program;
9. She does not like socializing with other children and has difficulty adapting;
10. Does not react well to sensory stimuli (gait, screaming, noisy laughter, harmony).
Don't worry if reading the above rows you recognize your little one! Each child learns these notions at their own pace, it matters a lot the support received from adults. Armed with patience, we manage to trust their own forces, much faster than we expect them to fit into a particular pattern. Thus, perhaps it is preferable to postpone enrollment in kindergarten a bit, and to closely follow its evolution, until the acquisition of a minimum of these notions.
What does it mean to go to kindergarten and what advantages or disadvantages exist
Enrollment in kindergarten is a new stage in the child's life and brings with it emotions, new challenges, but also fears, both from the child and from the parents. The specialists believe that the kindergarten stage is vital in the harmonious development of the child, and that this should not be deprived of this experience.
What kids learn in kindergarten:
• to interact with other children, but also with other adults;
• to share the toys;
• to follow a fixed program;
• they acquire communication and expression skills;
• they enrich their knowledge baggage.
If the little one is not prepared emotionally or physically to be enrolled in kindergarten, and yet the parents decide to consider only that he is of the right age, this experience can very easily turn into an ordeal, for both them and the child . Being stressed, the child will not open up to this challenge and the benefits of kindergarten will no longer have the effect.
When the child is not ready to go to kindergarten, he / she:
• refuses to wake up in the morning or go to kindergarten;
• she cries and opposes when she reaches the kindergarten gate;
• once left there he remains sad and withdrawn, does not socialize with other children;
• he is overjoyed when the parent comes to take him from the kindergarten and begs him to promise that he will not bring him tomorrow;
• has nightmares at night and wakes up screaming or crying.
How we prepare for kindergarten:
When the thought of enrolling in kindergarten springs into the minds of parents, a counter-timer race begins to find the most appropriate kindergarten. Weigh all the pros and cons before making a final decision. As far as possible talk to the director and the related staff, visit the kindergarten and the lecture halls and also consider the existing facilities to meet the needs that will appear during the course.
Whether we are talking about a child prepared for kindergarten, or a child not yet prepared, we should consider the emotional part before enrolling him in kindergarten. There are several ways to get used to the little boy with what this stage implies, and thus make the transition smoothly:
• children react better when they know what to expect, try to talk to the little one, tell them what is going to happen and get him excited about it
• visit together the kindergarten where it is to be enrolled, the classroom, it may even be a good idea to interact with the future educators and the children from other groups, seeing them feel good, they will feel safe ;
• involve the child in choosing a backpack according to preferences. Allow her to choose a favorite toy and take it with her, thus increasing her comfort zone;
• encourage him to start being more independent: to dress, comb, fold his pajamas, lock himself in his shoes, give him the feeling that he has achieved something and increase his self-confidence;
• the child is accustomed to separation from parents. When you leave the house say goodbye, hug him and walk out the door. It is not good to simply disappear from the house, simply because when he looks for you and does not find you, he fears that you will never return. That way, when you leave him at the kindergarten and say goodbye, he will know that you will return after him.
Kindergarten is a magical time. It is his moment to combine the pleasant with the useful, to socialize with other children, at the same time learning many new things and living experiences that are more than ever different. The most important thing to consider is that it be physically and emotionally prepared for integration into the community.
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