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Column: Worthington Christian School to host kindergarten event

By MARTHA LUBBEN, Worthington Christian School

WORTHINGTON — The time to enroll your child into kindergarten is quickly approaching.

Kindergarten is the first or maybe the second (preschool being the first) step in your child’s school life. Many kindergarten open houses will be happening in the coming month. It is essential that you attend an open house to acquaint your child with the school environment your child may be entering. Kindergarten is a stepping stone to your child’s educational adventure. If you are looking for a Christian kindergarten program whose goal is to educate children in the light of God’s Word — and to prepare children for a life of service to God, to His creation and to their community — please take time to check out Worthington Christian School’s Kindergarten Open House on Thursday, March 20.

Most kindergarten parents ask, “What can I do to help my child have a successful kindergarten year?” All schools work hard at making your child’s education a success, but parents are the key. Parents can change an average learner into a successful learner.

Parents are a vital part of a child’s education not only in the kindergarten year, but also the years beyond all the way to high school. Parents are the role model for their child. A child learns from watching his/her parent. The child sees the positive or negative influence their parent displays every day.

Parents, take time to nurture the joy of learning. There are many simple and different ways for you to help nurture learning. The Positive Line publications suggest the following ideas.

* Show that school is important. Ask about your child’s day. Look at his/her papers that come home. Give the child lots of words of encouragement, and insist on good attendance.

* Read, read, read and read again. Read to your child daily or encourage him/her to read. Set a good example by letting your child see you read daily.

* Create a quiet place and time for study and homework. Please, help your child with his/her work, go over the work with your child — but make sure it is the child’s work, not your work.

* Promote healthy habits. Make sure your child receives eight to 10 hours of sleep nightly. Your child needs a balanced diet and exercise. Be selective about what your child is watching on television or the games being played on the iPad or computer. It has been recommended that a child spends no more than one hour a day on an electronic device or watching television.

* Encourage independence and responsibilities. Allow your child to make mistakes. We all make mistakes; it a great way to learn. Asking your child to do chores around the house is another great way to help foster responsibility and independence.

* Be optimistic. Be upbeat about what your child is learning in school, and upbeat about their school and their teacher. Parents’ attitudes are reflected in the child’s attitude. A good way to be positive is to be involved with the school, meet and keep in contact with your child’s teacher, attend your child’s events and, if possible, help out at school.

* Praise your child. Your child is striving for success, so praise his/her efforts and his/her accomplishments even if it is not perfection.

* Provide experiences. Go with your child to local museums, cultural activities, plays, libraries or other wholesome activities.

By taking these and other steps, parents will be helping their child be successful — not only in the kindergarten classroom, but also outside the doors of school.

The WCS Kindergarten Open House will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 20 at Worthington Christian School, 1770 Eleanor St. We would love to see you.

Martha Lubben is the kindergarten teacher at Worthington Christian School.