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:

According to Haim Ginott, a psychologist and author of the book “Between Parent and Child,” what’s obvious to a parent is often over the head of a child. Even for values that stem from common sense, such as living up to your responsibilities or treating others with respect, aren’t easy for a child to understand. As a parent who wants to raise a child with a strong set of values, you must first explain the reasoning behind those values and then help your child to act on those values in practical situations.
Just as it’s not enough to tell your slacker co-worker to work harder, it’s not enough just to tell a child about the importance of a good work ethic. No, the teaching of a good work ethic begins with good boundaries and a little one-on-one assistance. Parents also play a large role in shaping their child’s home and academic work ethic through interaction and support. By knowing how to change your expectations toward your child, you show your child how to change his outlook toward work.
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.
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.
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