5 Tips: Helping You Choose the Perfect First School for Your Child
Choosing a school is a phase that all parents go through, some earlier and some later.
Considering the importance of this decision, after all, choosing a good school directly influences the future of our children.
I have decided to create a list of aspects to be taken into consideration, so that you can decide which school is the best option for your children.
NUMBER 1: TEACHING METHOD
The first question to be answered is: how does the school work? That is, what is the teaching method that the school uses.
If the school uses a method that is up to date with neuroscientific research, which studies the functioning of the brain.
To give you an example: I worked for a elementary school that emphasized an environment where the teacher can give more individual attention to the student, using games in external and internal environment, all integrated into the education system.
As it is a relatively new field of science, studies are still being carried out and the most promising results demonstrate that in an age under 7 years old, it is much more effective to use games in natural places, individual care and positive feedback applied correctly, rather than the traditional teaching method.
This positive feedback should be done with the effort and path taken by the child to reach a goal, rather than being a compliment to a skill considered innate to the child, like being intelligent or pretty.
NUMBER 2: FACILITIES
It is important to understand that the facilities are safe and that they can give your children a sense of freedom.
If they feel trapped in the environment, it will only helps to create stress which can lead them to associate the school and learning with negative feelings.
When visiting a school website, always look for the Facilities page. And when visiting, do not shy way from asking to check them.
NUMBER 3: MATERIAL
One of the knowledge gurus, Tim Ferris, argues that the material is the most relevant to the effective learning of new skills.
While this may be true for some specific skills at a more mature time in life, the moment your child starts school, there needs to be a guide so he doesn’t get overwhelmed.
Keeping Ferris’s thinking in mind and adapting it, we can achieve a much more complete teaching method. It has been found that learning new things causes stress, however with the help of a specialized teacher that stress is followed by positive emotions.
Remember: the most important thing in this phase is that your child associates learning with positive emotions, so that in the future, he will do the same.
NUMBER 4: FUN
It is important that in your child’s school there is an emphasis not only on learning academic skills, but also on fun. Since group play is one of the best methods for learning important social skills.
The author and expert in people management Simon Sinek, points out that one of the biggest problems of this generation is the lack of social skills that create connections.
In a school with group play in an environment surrounded by nature, children are forced to develop such skills, thus being able to become adults with differentiated skills and more likely to succeed where others will fail.
NUMBER 5: CONTACT
One of the greatest differences in education in developed countries, such as Sweden, is the participation of parents in the teaching process.
The school should act as an intermediary, helping in the communication process between the parents and the child. As well as helping parents to understand the methods and processes involved.
For this, it is important that the school has an effective and modern means of communication, in addition to face-to-face services.
Contact between parents, school and children is one of the crucial points of early childhood education, and is emphasized in countries with a high HDI.
SO, WHAT IS THE BEST SCHOOL FOR MY CHILD?
To answer this question, an analysis of the aspects mentioned above is necessary, the best way to do this is with a visit to the school.
Always take into account the cost/benefit and how much the choice will impact your children’s future.
REMEMBER: just by being here reading this article, this already sets you apart from many parents and shows how important it is for you that your child has a good education.
So, don’t stress yourself too much. You are already in the right path.