Preparing A Shy Child For Preschool

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Tips#1: Read Together Every Day
Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.
Tips#2: Give Everything A Name
You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"

Play School or Pre School is any child's first entry point for the years of education that lie ahead. On one hand we have children that find school an extremely exciting experience: They raise their hands to answer questions, sing songs, and never sit at one place highly observant and curious. On the other hand we have children who are less thrilled. Shy or more reserved kids can find the strangeness and activity difficult to adjust. They hesitate to speak out in class, hold back in groups, or prefer to keep to themselves, playing quietly in a corner.

Should you be concerned if your child is Shy?

Everyone wants their kid to be thrilled about his preschool years – but try not to worry much if your child isn't. During the early years the kids just begin to learn how to interact with peers and participate in group activities. Many preschool-age children still feel most comfortable doing parallel play alongside other kids, observing and imitating rather than playing directly with friends. Most children play interactively, but are still adjusting to the social environment of school. This is the time when children are testing new ground, learning new rules of behaviour and this process can take time depending on one kid to another.

Kids vary tremendously, in how they relate in school – from eager beavers to quiet mice. Some children take longer than others to adjust to a daily classroom routine or to a new school, teacher, or class, but they eventually open up. Others stay shy – and there's nothing wrong with that. Normal shyness is not a problem that needs to be fixed. Let your child develop his own sense of what's comfortable. Don't make a big deal about it at a young age.

Your child doesn't need to be a super kid, first-in-line student to learn. But easing his fears even a little can make school a more enjoyable experience, which promotes learning and is a worthy goal.

Cheering up a shy child

Talk to the teacher. Parents need to stay in touch with teachers and school staff. Parent-teacher communication is a very important tool for helping shy kids in school. Collaborate to find out how your child acts at school and at home. What activities does your child love at home that isn't part of the classroom? What does your kid dislike that he or she is expected to do at school? Gather information with your child's teachers, and look for ways to help make the classroom an engaging and comfortable place.

Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together
Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.
Tips#4: Be Interactive
Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.

Bring his interests to school. Supporting child's interests will certainly make a difference. Even if your child doesn't speak up right away, just having his favorite things in class or carrying him the favourite toy or animal can help melt his shyness. He can participate and feel a sense of belonging without being vocal, which is good to start.

Frequenting to school. Parents picking and dropping their child can make their shy child feel more comfortable at school. Parents who pickup and see off their child at school, gives shy child a sense of security that 'My parents are not far off' or 'Mom or dad were just here'. Most kids will consider a visit from Mom or Dad a special treat.

Set him up for success. Your child may be avoiding things because he doesn't think he can do them. If many classroom activities seem above your child's ability level, talk to the teacher about simplifying them. If your kid struggles with naming all the letters of the alphabet, the teacher can help him focus on just a few. If the activity is over the child's head, you want to tone it down, but ensure that your child doesn't get frustrated.

Help him at home. Some children have an easier time grasping new skills in a quiet place, without the stimulation and pressures of the classroom. If your child is such then find out what songs your child enjoys most from school, and sing them around the house. Give your child chances to practice, but try not to make it pressure. The idea is to build your child's confidence. The key is to make sure you don't push your child too much.

Be Child's “student.” Many children role-play “school” at home with dolls and stuffed animals. Setting up a school with teddy bears, toys and let your child act it out. You can participate as one of the “students,” but let your child steer the flow of the classroom. You may discover school fears, such as mean kids or a teasing teacher. If, as his “student,” you can play lightly at being scared of the kids or the teacher, your child will find this very funny, and his laughter will help release some of his scary feelings so that he can be more confident.

Where to draw the line that the child is more than just shy?

Most shyness or quietness is not a serious problem, but a few red flags may indicate that your child needs professional attention. If your child cries or throws tantrums on a regular basis before or at school, is significantly withdrawn most of the time, making little eye contact, or acts violently in school, hitting other kids or teachers, talk to your paediatrician or child psychologist.

  • Technological aids like LCD, AV MULTIMEDIA equipment is fitted in each and every classroom. These tools are used daily by teachers and help the kids understand concept in ANIMATION. We have a huge multimedia library full of stories, rhymes and concepts suitable for toddlers.
Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again
Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.
Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too
Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
Updated: November 4, 2017 — 1:31 pm
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