Todd’s Note: The best teachers I work with know the value of role playing. Kids need context, examples and modeling. When you role play, you can provide this for them. This article provides some scenarios that you can role play with your child before entering Kindergarten. I feel that some of these scenarios would be good for even First or Second graders. After you read this article, you might be interested in this one as you get your child ready for the new year!
Kindergarten is an exciting time for kids and their parents, but it can also a be a bit scary. Your child will be in a brand new environment, likely surrounded by kids he doesn’t know and under the care of a teacher he’s unfamiliar with. The easiest and most effective way of helping him to become acclimated and comfortable with his new school in a reasonable amount of time is to help him prepare for some of the more common situations he’s likely to encounter before he ever sets foot inside a classroom. These are ten of the encounters you should role-play with your child before he starts kindergarten so that he’s equipped to handle them when the need arises.
- Asking for the Restroom – One need that is universal and inevitable is the need to find and reach a bathroom when nature calls. Letting your child know how to ask to be escorted to the restroom and how to handle a bathroom emergency in advance allows him to be more confident when approaching his teacher, who is a virtual stranger, about such intimate needs.
- Requesting Help – Everyone needs a bit of help from time to time, especially young people. From tying his shoes to managing the clasps on a backpack, your child is no exception. Feeling embarrassed about his difficulties or unsure of how to proceed when it comes to asking for help can lead your child to suffer in silence, so make sure that you role-play various situations in which he needs to ask the teacher or an aide for help.
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