Ministry of Education, Guyana

Parenting Tips

pt-20130924-2Having a child go off to Nursery school is always marked by joy that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things; and marred by sadness that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things! The best way to ease the transition to school is by doing some “homework” of your own to make yourself and your little scholar ready for the first day of “BIG school”.

In this section, we will look at four (4) important areas where you can help yourself and your child be best prepared for nursery school and a lifetime of success. These areas are:

Attention and focus require the maturation of a variety of areas of the brain, from the brain stem to the pre-frontal cortex, and a variety of factors can affect your child’s ability to pay attention in school. A healthy breakfast, a good night's sleep and an arsenal of stress-reducing activities will go a long way in helping your youngster focus. If you're concerned about a potential attention deficit issue, speak with your health care provider.
Good interpersonal communication skills are essential for almost every aspect of life. Being able to effectively communicate with others helps people resolve problems, establishes trust, encourages understanding and compassion and helps build relationships. Teaching your child how to effectively communicate with others provides him with a gift that can last a lifetime.But your child needs your help in learning how to relate to others and knowing how to express his needs, wants and concerns in a socially-appropriate way.
Listening and attention skills are vital in a child's development because they allow the child to function properly in society. When developing these skills, it is important that your child become an active listener, which means that he use what he hears from you and others as part of the communication process. By setting a good example and working with your child to develop these skills, you can give him academic and social advantages in the future.
The ability to listen effectively is a critical life skill. Without active listening and processing information, communication falters. Personal and professional relationships hinge on communication. To equip your child with the necessary tools to be a successful person, ensure he has well-developed listening skills. While actively working with your child to improve his listening skills, you will also help his attention span and ability to concentrate. There are a variety of ways to improve listening skills in children during all stages of development.
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