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:

Children who read tend to do better at school and professionally. The rise in technology means increased demands for higher literacy and consequences are grievous for those who fall short, according to "Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children."
Reading can be beneficial to your child not only by giving you bonding time but also by providing a good start to their educational foundations. When you read to your children, you are sharing with them a vast assortment of knowledge. You foster a desire read and learn when you read to your children.
Children are naturally curious and love to play. You can combine these two traits to foster a love of learning. Children also learn through imitation. When they see you reading, studying and learning, they observe that learning is important. Share exciting new insights with your child or special news events. Your child might not be as excited about it as you are, but it sets an example of lifelong learning.
Having a healthy sense of self-esteem doesn't just make your child a confident person, it can also help her combat peer pressure, set goals and meet personal objectives. Starting with simple activities your child can master and making her way up to more tricky tasks can help her gain the confidence she needs as she grows and develops.
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