Home and Kindergarten

Day to Day Routines

It is normal to have concerns at the beginning of a new kindergarten experience. You may feel that you feel your child is regressing, that the sleeping and eating times are confusing, worry that your child is not eating enough and wonder how they are coping with a language they do not understand. As parents, you know your children best and through discussions with the kindergarten staff about your child and their routines, this will help them understand the child’s past and home life and use this information when introducing new routines. The educators can help you to understand the schedule and the changes in behaviour, which may be completely normal, will help you to know what strategies and materials the kindergarten is using when it comes to language development.

WHAT YOU MIGHT SEE IN THE KINDERGARTEN TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD’S LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

• Picture cards
• Timelines – a row of pictures depicting in sequence the daily routines
• Repetitive words for familiar routines like; tidy up time, snack time
• Small pieces of the child’s home language incorporated into the daily routines

REFLECTING THE ROUTINES AT HOME
Consider asking the kindergarten for a copy of the daily schedule and timeline. Discuss the schedule with your child in your home language to reinforce the routines and assist your child to understand the routines in the kindergarten.