EDUCATION MATTERS – FOR SURE BY RON MARKS
The fourth element in raising children who will be ready for school is “Encouraging Social and Emotional Development.” The CCRSB pamphlet on “The Early Years – Welcome to Primary” does a great job in supplying tips for parents on how to help their children in the first six years of life. I quote directly from the pamphlet, “Encouraging Social and Emotional Development.”
“Emotional and social maturity is the ability to recognize and express both positive and negative emotions in ways that are healthy, respectful, and appropriate to the situation and the age of the child. It is also empathy, and willingness to help and comfort others.
School is about routines. If your child has daily routines, the transition to school is very smooth. Children will have expectations and feel secure and safe when they can predict what happens next. Children, with age appropriate social and emotional development, learn to:
– Get along and play with others;
– Demonstrate respect and good manners for others by following rules, taking care of their belongings, accepting responsibility for their behaviour and showing self-control in age-appropriate ways;
– Show curiosity about their environment and an eagerness to explore new things;
– Demonstrate self-confidence.
You encourage and support this development when you:
Help your child take care of his/her own belongings (label their clothes/boots/shoes and help them to recognize their own belongings);
– Encourage your child to put away his/her own belongings. (Where do your boots go?);
– Encourage independence at meal times (open a yogurt container; open a food container; insert a straw into a small milk container);
– Choose an appropriate bedtime and have a bedtime routine (tired children are not keen learners!).”
This pamphlet is a great example of tools that help parents. It was put together by the CCRSB Early Years Team. The team deserves special thanks for their good work in developing this very informative pamphlet which will help prepare our children and grandchildren for elementary school.
An education advocate, Ron Marks has been an outspoken member of local and regional school boards and is a former Stellarton mayor. His column runs weekly.