Kindergarten Dos and Don'ts: Best Tips for Parents
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Plan for plenty of down time. Don’t over program your child with too many extracurricular activities outside of school. “Learning how to manage free time is important, too,” says Talan. Plus, in school, your child is negotiating with twenty other kids throughout the day, “so it's healthy to give them some downtime to play and unwind at the end of the day,” explains Tim Lightman, an academic administrator and former kindergarten teacher in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Don’t do his homework. “Provide your child support as needed, but do actually do the work,” says Shechtman. Kindergarten students may need help reading directions, but should be able to complete most assigned work independently or with minimal assistance. If your child is having trouble, talk to his teacher.
Don’t take over. When they fail or are struggling, you can facilitate problem solving, but don’t take over says Dr. Tracy Bennett, a clinical psychologist, and adjunct faculty member at California State University Channel Islands.