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:

Young children can have big feelings, but not yet know how to handle them. Parents and caregivers can learn how to use coaching as a simple tool for responding to a child’s upset to build her emotional competence.
For children five and six years old, running, yelling, leaping, tumbling, swinging and generally being boisterous and silly are what the outdoors are all about. Just being outside — especially when the space is unbounded with unexpected sights — can be a sensory overload. And for caregivers, it can be a challenge to slow the pace of their play when you want them to fully experience what nature has to offer.
Compassion means we care about others, treat them with kindness and feel a strong desire to help people in need. Compassion is empathy in action. For a two-year-old, compassion might look like giving a hug to a friend or family member who feels sad. Noticing someone else's distress and wanting to respond is the foundation of compassion.
Courage involves making good choices in the face of fear or obstacles. It’s another term for bravery. Remember: Bravery doesn’t mean fearlessness. It means we do not let fear hold us back from exploring new opportunities, developing our skills, and doing what is right. For a five-year-old, courage might look like starting a new school, trying a new activity that stretches them, and learning new skills that take effort.
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