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:

It can be difficult to get children to set aside time for good old-fashioned reading. Electronic distractions abound, and many children equate reading with the monotony of schoolwork. To motivate youngsters to read, speak to their interests and encourage them to view it as a pleasurable activity, not a chore.
Recognizing and understanding the nonverbal communication in children is crucial to parent, teach or guide them. Nonverbal communication is “communication without words. It includes apparent behaviors such as facial expressions, eyes, touching, and tone of voice, as well as less obvious messages such as dress, posture and spatial distance between two or more people.” Children speak their own language through these various cues and gestures. Learning what they are and how to understand them is one of the most important aspects in understanding children.
Parents frequently joke that their children don’t hear a word they say unless it’s something they don’t want them to hear. The truth is children hear more than you think and learn to communicate with you the same way you communicate with others. Being a good listener and good communicator yourself sets the stage for positive communication with your kids. There are several pitfalls to look out for along the way.
Reading is a learned skill that grows better with practice. To get your child to read more, and become a better reader, engage his imagination and natural curiosity. Associate reading with doing something fun. Even children who prefer energetic, outdoor activities will enjoy reading books about their favorite things to do. Present your child with a good mix of subject matter and don't underestimate the power of pictures. Graphic novels and audio books can help engage interest in reading.
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