Ministry of Education, Guyana

Thursday, 19 September 2013 15:57

Getting Ready For Nursery School - Checklist

Children of the same age are very different from each other when it comes to things that they can and cannot do. However, there are certain things that they must be able to do in order to cope with the mental, physical, social and emotional requirements of life at nursery school. They do not need to be perfect at everything, but at least be able to do most of the things mentioned below. They are the building blocks for learning over the course of their lifetimes.

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Area DOs DON’Ts
Health and Nutrition
  • Offer lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Think of whole grains for your starches
  • Serve a variety of proteins
  • Give lots of milk, water, and 100% juice
  • Create healthy attitudes to healthy eating
  • Keep a consistent bedtime routine and sleep schedule
  • Allow for 10-12 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night
  • Eat a lot of over processed, pre- packaged foods
  • Give treats or ‘junk food’ on a regular basis or as rewards
  • Anything containing high fructose corn syrup
  • Allow your child to dictate bed time
  • Be inconsistent with the bedtime routine and rituals
  • Have your child on an adult sleep/wake cycle
 Self Help  
  • Use plastic or metal re-usable spill proof containers and bottles;
  • Use resealable pouches and packets;
  • Use elastic waistbands in pants and bloomers;
  • Use shoes with Velcro straps
  • Potty train before coming to school.
 
  • Use glass bottles and containers;
  • Use pouches and packets that cannot be resealed;
  • Use zipper, button, or snap closures (unless child has mastered how to do them up); Use shoes with laces (unless child has mastered how to tie);
  • Expect the teacher to toilet train your child.
 Anxiety  
  • Keep talking about how wonderful school will be
  • Listen to your child’s fears
  • Practise by ‘playing school’
  • Visit the school/class a few times
  • Be dismissive and harsh
  • Show that you too are anxious and worried
  • Keep your child home because he/she is too sad/upset
Academic Building Blocks
  • Teach your child while playing with them
  • Use everyday activities to teach literacy, numeracy, and inquiry
  • Make your own learning materials from household items together
  • Make learning fun
  • Make learning strict, rigid, and no fun
  • Overload your child with information for them to learn
  • Give or withhold food as reward or punishment
  • Expect your child to master things right away

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Children learn best through their play and by having direct experiences with objects, people, situations, and concepts in their world. The best way to teach a child, is to DO activities with a child. Beginner academic skills like the ABCs, 123s, and inquiry, come from parents finding the teachable moments in everyday life. Parents, after all, are the first and best teachers of their children.

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