Experts suggest that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. If we don’t begin thinking about education in the early years, our children are at risk of falling behind by the time they start Kindergarten.
Robert. L. Ehrlich
It’s not surprising to be ‘anxious’ for parents who are preparing to send their tiny-tots to their first “big school”.
How to go about picking the right kindergarten school?
“It’s scary when you start”, shares Anu, a mother of two in Noida. “After all, you’re trying to make an important decision for your child”, she adds.
After whirlwind tours and countless conversation with teachers, friends, and family, here are some top questions which you need to ask -
What is the Anticipated Class Size?
The optimal size of a kindergarten class should ideally consist of 1: 18 teacher to students ratio. In a more crowded prep school, children may not fit in the lunchroom, in the activity class, or on the buses at the same time; leading to undue hassles, staggered management issues, or later dismissals.
You should also enquire about the number of teacher’s aides, volunteers and supporting staff which will be present at different times during school hours.
What is the Parent’s Involvement?
At the best schools, parents are treated and invited regularly as participants in their child’s education. Whether it’s about the kid’s homework, or doing a craft together in school time, or organizing a mini-show for kids, parent involvement boosts student achievement. You can tell whether a school is encouraging involvement, if you find other parents down the halls, to attend a PTA event or to volunteer at the playfield. You can ask them if they’re satisfied with the level of communication from the school and if they’ve been invited to participate in their kid’s activities.
What is the Method of handling Discipline?
As parents you are aware of the difficulties in handling your child. Disciplinary action varies from one kindergarten to another and should be understood in entirety; to understand the psychological impact that can be cast on the minds of your child after joining the school.
Can we be assured of a nourishing relationship between the kindergarten teacher and our kid?
According to Tyre, the relationship between a teacher and a pre-schooler is more important than any curriculum and requires a deep insight into the same. A kindergarten facility which offers complete engagement by the staff and instructors and assures you of close interactions as well as personal involvement with the child, is the one which should be chosen to provide a congenial environment for your kid.
A discussion with the teachers regarding the weaknesses, strengths, interests, academic and emotional achievements and background of their current students, will go a long way in throwing light on the expected behavior in relation to your child’s progress and improvement in future.
Will my child get good exposure to “Language” and proper answers to his curiosities?
The kindergarten which ensures a lot of time for storytelling sessions, reading or learning through building blocks can help in increasing the vocabulary strength of tiny tots through proper use of phonetics and syllabication. The information passed on to children through these kindergarten methods of instructuction, remains ingrained for a longer time and supplements the bed time stories, rhyme sessions and study time at home.
It is always advisable to address your concerns and be completely satisfied before zeroing in on the right kindergarten which will play host to your loved one in the days to come.