Readiness part II

19 Jul

During this period we inculcate habits of proper usage of toilets, the correct way of brushing, maintaining sensible time limits during tiffin time and activity times, developing good inter-personal skills …This is done in a joyful way. Children are encouraged to bring tooth brushes and soaps to school so that they can learn to use it in the right way. A lot of time is given to hone skills needed for reading and writing. They have activities like threading beads in different patterns, playing with clay, sorting objects, playing with sand…
What do I mean by readiness programme at home?
I mean a friendly attitude towards school in general and teachers and classmates in particular. I have observed that very small kids first draw security zones around them and rarely go out of it. As they grow, they gradually enlarge it and actually test by leaving it for short durations. So, the idea of school should probably be introduced in a fashion of ‘visiting’ rather than ‘going’. When we say “you have to go to school and learn things …” we are indirectly telling that she needs to ‘go away’ .Instead we should treat school as a place she will visit and come back after many enjoyable experiences. We can even talk about the great experiences we have had at school. ’Teacher’ has to be alluded to in positive tones .Under no circumstances should ‘school’ or ‘teacher’ be referred to as punishments or as some vague prison where the child’s freedom is going to be curtailed…
Next, the actual act of ‘going’. Going to school begins at least three months before schools reopen! Yes, one should mentally prepare our kids by timing their morning routines by the clock. A kid need not be trained to read the time but she should certainly be made aware of time. We should see that a pattern is maintained for going to bed and waking up. Sunday ho ya Monday a regular schedule keeps the kid bright and cheerful on all days. Most times we see children coming  to school with a totally stale look. A bath in the morning not only keeps them clean, it makes them fresh and more receptive to the day’s activities. And the next important thing is giving them a good breakfast. It should have the right mix of cereals and proteins. This applies to the lunch box too. Fancy /junk food stuff is a clear no-no. Most times the kids demand junk food to attend school/the parent promises such food as a reward for good behaviour.The kid has to be familiarized with the process of opening the box and feeding herself. Using a napkin, clearing up the place, washing hands and mouth …all these need to be practised. Tying shoe laces, wearing socks, putting back things in the bag…are other things that one can ‘do’ by playing games at home. A time schedule foe eating within a reasonable period of time is useful. Otherwise most kids are able to manage just a cup of milk before coming to school and please remember the lunch break is at least three hours later.

Ofcourse toilet training is very important.This is to avoid embarrassment to the kid and shooting pains in the abdomen of the little one.


6 Responses to “Readiness part II”

  1. rk July 20, 2007 at 3:15 am #

    coming from an experienced teacher, these posts are really useful to me (and other parents whose kids will start schooling shortly).
    thanks again for a really useful post.

  2. neela July 20, 2007 at 11:20 am #

    I just want the child to be huggable by the teacher in the morning. 🙂

  3. destinationsrik July 20, 2007 at 11:23 am #

    wonderful. Keep the series coming 🙂

  4. destinationsrik July 20, 2007 at 11:24 am #

    These posts are making me enjoy in a child’s world. Thanks a lot teacher.

  5. mouna July 20, 2007 at 12:46 pm #

    i’d like to mention another point. it is the responsibilty of the folks at home to make the child feel free at school. as u said, narrating our experiences at school or college works out very well. afterall school is a fun place to be at.

    thanks a lot neela, for sharing this with us. really.

  6. Su July 22, 2007 at 12:44 pm #

    Anu, You should seriously write a book as well.
    And call it probably “Diary of a teacher and a mother” or something like that.
    What do you say??… I am serious. These are helpful insights. I am not saying we should cash in on that (yes, money is an incentive), but a book on such insights is more accessible to several to be mums?
    What say?

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