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As your child enters pre-school, he is sure to learn a lot many things. And toward this process of learning, he will even come across small praises in the forms of stickers, smiley, stars and other fun icons from his teachers.
You surely can’t talk to him about grades at this stage but you will have to make him understand that his performance is getting appreciated. This is important to do because it tends to motivate your little one and he puts in all his genuine efforts when accomplishing a task.
If you want to know how you can introduce the concept of grades with your toddler, here are some effective ways. Read on:
Grade system is generally implied on kids in the age bracket of 5 years and above. So if your child has yet not entered the bracket, you can always motivate him showing the stickers and stars in the book. Let him know how his good work pleases the teacher. Once he enters the grade system age, make him understand how each good work done by him in class makes him accountable for certain grades. Do ensure you teach him to be consistent in making good efforts, don’t enforce anything.
Your child has to understand what the purpose behind grade system is. Teach him that grades aren’t made to draw comparisons among kids in the class. It’s confined to individual performance and doesn’t rank anyone under superior class. Never ever draw comparisons when teaching grade system. Tell them that it’s a standard set by school to measure how every child perceives and understand the things taught in classroom.
When you teach them about grades, don’t always stress on getting high scores or grades. If you do so, your child will never enjoy the learning process but will always be occupied in looking for ways to get higher marks and performing better than other kids. Explain it to them that good marks are important but they aren’t the only measuring tool of their real knowledge. Encourage them to out in honest efforts and enjoy the course of learning. If they abide by this simple rule of learning with an open mind, grades will apparently follow their results.
Tell kids how grades can help them in setting a long term goal or something they can achieve in near future. For instance, if they always score well in any certain subject, they can always think of mastering the same. This will be a long term goal for them. When we talk of the sort term goals, it can be any competition coming around or any activity where they can get benefitted from grades in any previous activity.
Whether in the form of stars, smiley faces, numbers or letters, grades are unavoidably part and parcel of education. As they are the indicators of your child’s performance, use them to help your child see them in a positive light. If this is achieved, report cards would no more be a subject of fear for kids and a matter of prime concern for you as parents!