Toronto, ON -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/01/2014 -- More parents are feeling the stress associated with giving their kids an education to succeed. Importance is being placed on early childhood development, and parents aren’t alone in this view.
The National Education Association has urged parents and early childhood educators to build the right foundation as early as kindergarten. The purpose being to help children cope fast with the succeeding curriculum.
The new standards put a higher value on language, arts, and math literacy, which is meant to properly prepare students for their college degrees. Furthermore, parent involvement during a child’s formative school years strengthens their ability to meet educational expectations.
"Instead of treating it like another daunting task, parents should simply treat the teaching and learning process as a bonding time with their kids," said Angela Hubert, an early education expert, who also teaches kindergarten. “I’m a big advocate for parents who take the initiative to help their child when they really need it. There is only so much time I have with each student in the classroom.”
Hubert added that the kindergarten years are one of the best times to foster bright kids, and also the perfect time to explore as many teaching styles as possible.
"Every child has a unique learning style, and I really believe that there is no better person than a child’s parents to cater to their learning capabilities. I do what I can to help them get there on my end,” Hubert said.
Kindergarten is the ideal time for children to learn new vocabulary and simple spelling, as well learn how to read. Kindergarten English help comes in all forms, and special kits are available that are specifically designed to address the language and arts literacy skills in a more engaging way.
"As parents, we always have to reinforce our child's learning from school. So, we need to remember to always take time to sit one-on-one with our kids after school to reiterate or catch up on lessons. To be honest, some of the lessons we are teaching are kids are above and beyond the academic curriculum and its not a bad thing,” said Barbara Casper, a mother of a 5-year old student.
Casper is one of many parents who use interactive and fun kindergarten kits to help their kids in school. www.BrightKidsInc.com aims to assist parents in their close involvement with their children's early childhood learning.
"These kits do not only give me a guide for the right lessons to teach my kid, but it also has a substantial list of creative activities that both my daughter and I can enjoy," she said.
A study also suggests that children who are learning in unconventional ways have a higher chance of retaining knowledge. Random activities like baking or playing food are believed to help a child learn faster, compared to those who were simply shoved with highly academic materials. This strengthens the need for parents to be constantly fun and creative in teaching kids at home.