INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCES: PARENT-EDUCATOR PARTNERSHIP SOLUTIONS
Such as singing bell, triangle or songs to accompany activities in the daily routines in order to have one on one moments with your child which will strengthen your bond and stimulate positive communication.
Visual aides can help structure the environment and daily routines for your child. When taking visual aides into account, it can help your child preparing for their day at kindergarten or special events where they might not be familiar with the languages offered. The challenges such a situation can bring can be prepared for when your child has had the chance to look at pictures, books, photos or any visual tools that help prepare for what is ahead or process any experiences your child has made during their time at kindergarten. Allowing time and space at home to address issues through visual aides, which is a place that is familiar to your child and where your child is able to successfully express themselves, is vital to your child development. It will help your child gain confidence and comfort for their time in kindergarten and ease stress or potential hurdles due to language barriers as they will feel prepared and in control although they might not understand the language offered.
A clearly visible timeline based on pictures helps children visualise the daily routines or weekly events and enables them to anticipate what will happen next. Also, a calendar where the days of the week, month and date is shown is a great tool to include pictures or colours. Colours or symbols, for instance, can stand for a day of the week or a certain event, like today is going to be mum’s pick up day or dad’s pick up day. The different days of the week could also be labelled with different colours. Certain events, like swimming class or going to the doctor, can also be incorporated with pictures of your child or pictures of the event into your child’s display of the schedule. Especially for parents or families who are traveling frequently, this can be a great tool to prepare your child for the separation and a way to visualise the time spent apart. With a visual schedule or timeline, your child can count down the days until the family is reunited. It is an age-appropriate way of incorporating a schedule for your child or specific explanations of events, as well as enable participation for your child, which has the same positive effects as mentioned in the visual aides section.
It can be helpful for children to see labels of their belongings in their daily life. This means, for instance, that if certain objects are stored and not visually accessible for your child, it can help to use labels or stickers to organise the child’s room. If certain toys have a particular place in your child’s room, it might help to use labels showing the according objects or toys in order to support participation, like tidying up their room and enables children to independently structure and organise their environment. Labels can also be helpful to use for your child’s belonging at kindergarten as it clarifies which items belong to your child and can assist in situations where language barriers exist.