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What Parents Can Do For A Successful Start
Parents can do a few things in advance to prepare their child for the first day of kindergarten. This makes the start and the associated separation from familiar surroundings easier.
There are children who walk into kindergarten without any pedagogically valuable preparation. No screaming, no problems during play, everything runs peacefully. To do an extensive preparation program to these children would certainly take away their impartiality. Unfortunately, you don’t always know this beforehand.
Therefore, you should find out through conversations how the idea of kindergarten is received by your child.
Provide A Realistic Picture
First, speak positively of the kindergarten, never threaten it. Tell them about the play opportunities and the other children. However, do not build up an unrealistic image, because your child will then have expectations that cannot be met. It is important, for example, that your child knows that the caregivers are there for all children and that there are minor duties.
Visit The Kindergarten Beforehand
Open house or taster afternoons – many kindergartens offer such opportunities for newcomers. Perhaps you can also use the kindergarten’s playground with your child on individual days. This way, your child gets to know the environment and the other children early on, while mom is still there. For children who are shy of contact, this may be a viable option. For uninhibited little daredevils, however, it’s probably more of a punishment if you have to tell them after an hour that they can’t come back for another 3 weeks.
Perhaps there are children of the same age in your neighborhood with whom your child can soon play in kindergarten. Talk to the parents, it’s always easier when you already know someone in a strange environment.
Try Out Outside Care
It is often advised that you have other adults watch your children early on. This way, the child learns that not only mom or dad are there to play or comfort. On the other hand, why tear the child away from the tight little family world so early? Try it out!
Enable Group Experiences
In kindergarten, your child is one of many who all have to share the attention of a few caregivers.
It can be beneficial if your child already has experience in this regard from playgroups.
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