What does your child do in preschool? The point on the different apprenticeships
A Program Rich In Learning
The kindergarten program is currently delivered over twenty-four hours. The schedules differ from one school to another, but the day’s breakdown is similar, in 15 to 20-minute blocks of activities. Indeed, your child has trouble concentrating too long on the same action at this age.
Often, the first time in the morning is a time of freedom: the first to enter the class choose a game that they like (drawing, puzzle, toy, etc.) while waiting for all the children to arrive. We then take stock of the absentees (table of attendance), the weather, the season, the date (using appropriate labels, a child puts the current date, the weather, etc.). The children take the opportunity to express themselves about their holidays, a weekend activity, class projects. Your child will thus get used to speaking, letting others talk, listening to them, confronting their ideas with the neighbour.
The class is then divided into different workshops: drawing, reading, painting, physical experience, sport. We alternate the types of activities (calm, physical, playful, etc.).
Language is at the centre of education: to learn to read and write later, your child must have learned to express himself correctly and understand what is said. In kindergarten, and of course, especially in a large section, he will become familiar with the construction of sentences, and his vocabulary will be enriched. Working on sounds, cutting out syllables and learning the alphabet and graphics will enable him to acquire the basics of writing and reading.
Learning To Live Together
The school is a micro-society. During the day, there is often a reminder of the rules of procedure. And you will see that your child will have no trouble integrating it (for example, he will quickly know when it is his turn to ride a tricycle at recess!).
The school is also responsible for health education: your child will understand the need to wash his hands often, not only because the teacher or the Atsem will remind him, but also because he will see the older ones do it and be tempted to imitate them. It is also by observing his classmates that he learns. Likewise, he will become aware of his body. He is taught body control and expression (games of rounds, balance, jumps, movements, ball, etc.).
Awakening To Art
Drawing, modelling clay, making paper-mâché objects, music, poetry. All these activities will allow him to develop his artistic sensibility by giving free rein to his creativity.
Everything Is An Excuse To Learn.
During the day, the same gestures are repeated:
- Take off your shoes to go to a nap or the gym.
- Put them back on.
- Please take off your jacket when you arrive and hang it on the coat rack.
- Could you put it on before going outside?
All this pushes him towards autonomy. What joy for him to show you that he knows how to put his anorak on his own by putting it on the ground upside down! As the class is a very organized place, where everything has its place, you will be pleasantly surprised to see him put his pencils or his drawings away on his own.
In the afternoon, a snack is provided. It can be collective (the purchase of fruit, yoghurts, compotes or biscuits, etc. is made by volunteer parents or by the school) or individual (each child brings their snack). Regardless of how the establishment operates, during snacks or birthdays (when a cake is often provided for the whole class), your child learns to share, eat properly, and tidy up.
Learn Through Play
The game plays an essential role because a large part of the teaching is done fun: learning about letters, numbers, and language. The teacher uses nursery rhymes, finger games, hand games, songs, and reading stories or poems. The awakening to mathematics is done using logic games (memory, memos, puzzles, construction games, manipulation games, digital games.).
The same goes for scientific activities: it is through exploration, through sensory experimentation, that your child discovers the living world, the world of matter. He learns to write through drawing, painting, and reproduction of letters by following dots, etc. The teacher takes the opportunity to monitor his posture, helps him hold his pencil well, and refine his graphics.
Between Noise and Silence
Who doesn’t want to cover their ears in a playground? The school has very noisy places: canteen, playground, gymnasium. Fortunately, moments of calm are planned so that your child can rest. Siesta for Petite Sections (PS) and Moyennes Sections (MS), while children in Grande Section (GS) can listen to soft music, stories, or leaf through picture books, sitting silently on a mat.
The Equality Of Chances
By putting your child in kindergarten, you give him the chance to contact other children of his age, which prepares him to live well in society. All the learning he will do prepares him for CP. But the school’s asset is also to identify inequalities: in some schools, a screening project for phonological awareness disorders is being set up (on rhymes, the division of syllables, the differentiation of sounds, the reading). Children in Grande Section (GS) are tested to discover those in great difficulty and train them for ten minutes a day to help them catch up. School is, therefore, a means of partially restoring equality of opportunity between children.
Don’t be surprised to pick up a very tired child at the time of dads and moms! After this long day, he needs you to decompress, that you devote some time to him to cuddle him comfort him. To be ready, the next day, to start on the right foot!