Education is a process from childhood to adulthood (and even then it will go on. Thus, education can be fairly divided into primary education, secondary education, tertiary education, and higher education. Nursery, Kindergarten, and Elementary fall under primary education, of course. And if you hade the same experience thet I had as a child, you’ll agree: Kindergarten, what a wonderful world!
In nursery school, toddlers as young as two years old are taught manners in interacting with other kids. They are also slowly taught a few basic lessons like the alphabet, arithmetic, the size and shape of a certain object, etc. During their very first day of school, kindergarten students are grouped together in the classroom. They are then read a story by the teacher.
Each of the students has a book which shows very elaborate pictures of the story. Other schools flash multimedia presentations in computer screens where each student has his or her own computer. Then the story is narrated. To conserve resources, some of these schools use a projector while the story is being narrated by a live person i.e. the teacher.
Remember that the very first day of school for your child will have a tremendous impact on him or her so the very first day in nursery or kindergarten school must be crucial. If you want, you can take a day off and monitor your child during his or her first day of school. As a dad or as a mom, you’ll really be looking forward to that I’m sure, and keep in mind that parents should really support their children’s education. That’s key!
The most recommended story to read to students during their very first day of school is The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. The fable chronicles a raccoon’s nervousness in going to school. His mom, in a very understanding manner, slowly explains to him that going to school is meeting new friends, having new experiences and exploring lots and lots of things. The story culminates with the raccoon, finally convinced to go to school, bids goodbye to his mom and kisses her hand.
During the first day of school, students are also enticed to form a circle. They then will introduce their first names, describe themselves and describe the person to their left and to their right. This activity takes about an hour. Then students will then have their snacks. During this point, parents, guardians, and teachers must observe which students share snacks or go about in groups but still eat their snacks individually or which of the students are loners. Some kindergarten schools go to the extent of even employing child psychologists to assess the students on their first day of school.
There are several reading strategies employed by the kindergarten school and the teacher during subsequent activities that will encourage the children’s self-belief. These are used if each student has a copy of a book. In echo reading, a teacher reads the story sentence by sentence. The students will then follow in a chorus. In choral reading, the story is read both simultaneously by the students and the teacher. There’s another reading technique wherein the teacher reads a phrase and the students supply the next phrase by reading in a chorus from their individual books. Kindergarten is really fun!