Saturday, 19 January 2013
I like the parent-active in-schooling in the sense that it gives the parents the chance to see how we work - which gives the parents a sense of security when leaving the children - it gives us the chance to get to to know the parents too. Of course when there are lots of parents at the preschool it does disrupt the usual rhythm of the day.
I do think that 4 days is too short for schooling in young children - and really the parents should be informed that the process takes 3 weeks as it did before BUT that the first days are parent active - sometimes parents expect to go to work after 3-4 days not realising that is can take longer and can therefore feel frustrated when it takes longer (even though they understand that is was beneficial later).
I have been a part of schooling in that has been 3 weeks (my own children were schooled in this way too) as well as the 3 day and 4 day parent active system. I think the shorter parent active works great as long as the parents understand that it is a part of a 3 week schooling in and that the first three weeeks the days are short and NOT full time - and also there is the chance during this time that MORE days are parent active to support the child in the process of starting preschool (and parent active can involve either the parents are with us for more days OR that the child has half days for a while and slowly increases the length of their stay).
How the 3-4 days are situated is also interesting - some preschools have a Monday- Thursday system - although I prefer the Wednesday to Monday system so that after the weekend the child has one more day with parent support before being left for the first time - it also means that the first week is not so long (in case the child does not take naps like they usually do - and also for the sake of the children who, already attend the preschool and have to deal with the added stress of not only new children but a whole bunch of strange adults invading their space).
The most important part is observing the child. What does the child need? How is the transition made a smooth as possible? AND to always respect the fact that with the youngest of the children - they have not chosen this - it is the parents that have chosen for them to attend the preschool - at that it is OK for children to be sad - they need to mourn the loss of their life as they once knew it with their parent at home - and adapt and learn to appreciate life at preschool.
But that was my first reflection on schooling in ... no doubt during 2013 more reflections will pop up...