Note: This blog post is partially based on the following article: http://blog.oregonlive.com/themombeat/2013/02/preparing_your_child_for_the_n.html#incart_river
A recent blog post that I found on the Oregon Live website created some interesting thoughts for me this past week. It is titled, “Preparing your child for the non-academic demands of kindergarten.” I felt that this was so interesting and intriguing even for someone that doesn’t even have children. So, what are the things that parents should do to prepare their child for kindergarten? A large part of that is social interaction. Children are figuring out how to express themselves as well as use their words rather than actions to deal with conflict or other means of social interaction. I think personally that this is such an interesting article even if I’m not a parent, because I believe social interaction is so important for anyone’s life and especially when that is learned early, then it’s helpful.
Some examples of what parent’s should do for their child is to evaluate what they have learned so far before kindergarten, such as group behavior and how they did in preschool. Another one is schedule time to wake up early and to work on creating a schedule for lessening the stress of getting ready for school. Having your child acclimated to their school is critically important as well. My mother often thought that it would be helpful to have my brother and I try to go to the public library and at my hometown, they did a summer program for free to read as many books as possible for summer and create an incentive for families who achieve with their children. Other examples from the blog posting include helping with problem solving, memorizing numbers and letters, or even the small things (tying their shoes). An important factor that I believe that most parents don’t get a chance to get to participate in to search out a PTA meeting. Often parents have work and other commitments, but I think that we are not hearing the parent’s input as often as we want and that way we can tailor our needs to fit those of the families.
From our capstone class, we have often talked about how we can better prepare for our education system such as closing the achievement gap and afterschool programs. As a communication major, I believe social interaction is crucial for anyone to learn about as well as implement in group settings, which is excellent for the classroom at such a young age. Often, teachers teach students how to say please and thank you or asking permission for things. I believe that this blog post was great to see because it was such clear cut steps on how parent’s can prepare their children for kindergarten, an important step in their educational career. I can appreciate this post because I feel that at times we seem to be confused on what is important and what can really help our children be set on a good track for their educational career.
So my question is, while we have a ‘guideline’ of what we should do to help our children, is this the right way? How is this credible? How can parents be more involved with their schools? Can we implement social media to our education system?
Thanks for reading,