Nov 14 2016
Engaging parents in early childhood education promises greater success especially once the kids enter the elementary school. This means involving parents in early childhood settings which is essential to indirectly and directly support the kids’ learning. There are so many activities that can be conducted in terms of having parents as a part of the process. Of course, everything isn’t always as good as expected. But it will always get better with repetition. Parents will witness how their involvements make huge effects to their kids’ education progress. To achieve this goal, some useful tips can be implemented.
Early childhood education with parent’ involvement should promote independence of the kids. It may be hard to believe at first but kids can actually do so many things by themselves. To promote kids’ independence, you must start by expecting more from your kids.
Believe on your kids and let them practice. Kids actually love when they are able and are trusted to do something on their own. So, every time they insist to ask you for doing what they can do by themselves, say no. This will teach them slowly about doing the things they can do themselves. Once, they have done a task; do not redo what they have just because you don’t like the result as it is not perfect. Do not fix what your kids have accomplished because it will make them unwilling to do other task because you seem to never feel satisfied for what they had done.
Other tips for early childhood education that engages parents are related to winning cooperation. This means getting your kids to be willing to do a task instead of shutting themselves. Giving praises is indeed a very effective strategy. Then, you have to develop predictable routines. These routines help them to learn the things they are supposed to do. And every time you find your kids refuse to do something, engage them in a funny game that they love. This way, kids will do the task even without being asked.
Do not forget about disciplining effectively. You must start by redirecting every time you find your kid is about to do something they are not supposed to do. But when your kid had already done something wrong, ask her/him to be involved in righting the wrongs. No matter what happens, you must never delay discipline. Do it as early as possible because it’s an essential part of successful early childhood education.