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How To Create A Balanced Study-Play Routine For Preschoolers

Routine is important. Right from the time a baby is born, we try our best to set a routine to inculcate good habits in the child. Be it potty training, feeding schedule, play time or weaning, we need a plan to routine everything. It makes life easier both for the child and the parent. Setting a routine also helps the child to understand the value of discipline.

At the same time, we cannot deny the importance of education. Preschool education is crucial and it is very important to set the basics right. It lays a strong foundation for the child to understand concepts better as they grow.

As much as choosing the right preschool is important, it is also important to set a good study-play routine for the preschooler at home as well. No teacher can work wonders with the child if the parents are not actively involved in the process. Hence, it is a parent’s duty to ensure that the child is getting enough time for both study and play.

1926731_10203528827322165_648500657_n.jpgDimple Sahi, Director, Small Wonders Early Care and Learning Centre and CEO, ActivChamps, shares some valuable tips to create a healthy and balanced routine for preschoolers:

 

 

  1. Incorporating Everything: Whenever you set a routine, you need to keep in mind the routine, your family is already following. Never try to work on a routine for your child that can disturb the already set routine as you, yourself would not be able to maintain consistency.

 

  1. Keep Your Child’s Interests and Nature in Mind: Build a routine that comes naturally to your child. When you are making a routine build it around their waking, eating and sleeping time. The reason we talk about this is because these three things come very naturally to children.

 

  1. Have Realistic Expectations: When children start/learn something new, wastage of time is bound to happen. Therefore when you set a routine for your child, remember that it is not going to start working perfectly in your first try. You will have to be patient and consistent in your efforts.

 

  1. Include the Family: It is very important that the family knows the objective of the routine. Their inputs can help you sort things and divide responsibilities. Teamwork always brings better results. Families where both the parents share responsibilities of bringing up a child tend to set a better routine.

 

  1. Have a Well Set Night Time Routine: Night time routines are the best way to prepare for the next day. Simple things like packing bags, putting dry snacks for tiffin, Sorting the uniform and other things for the next day can work wonders when it comes to saving time.
Apart from these basic things while you start off with the routine don’t forget to infuse enthusiasm, keep setting the pace time to time, review it often and above all appreciate your little champ.

Editor Speaks: 

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Dimple Sahi has been my guide in my journey as a parent. No matter what situation I was in, she has always given me the most innovative and effective tips to deal with them.

I follow a simple routine with my child. I have divided her study time in two parts.

1.      My daughter comes back from school around 12:30 p.m. So by the time she freshens up, changes and has her lunch it is almost 1:30 p.m.

2.      She is quite an active child so we use the time from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to study.

3.      Since she has already studied in school. In our first section, we generally discuss her lessons. I explain concepts to her, sing rhymes and give her simple matching, circling or non-writing activities.

4.      Once done with this, she sleeps till 4:00 p.m.

5.      After she wakes up, she has some snacks and watches her favourite cartoons or plays with her toys.

6.      Around 5:00 p.m. we start studying again. In this section, I focus more on her literacy and numeracy skills. She writes, does some math and it is more of an old school study time. We study from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

7.      It is again play time for her. She plays, changes clothes and we go out to play or for her karate class.

8.      Once we are back, she freshens up, has her dinner, plays with her dad and this goes on till 9:00 p.m.

9.      Our night time routine starts at 9, change clothes, brush teeth, and all this is taken care of by her father. While I set her bag, pack dry snacks, fill her water bottle and iron her school uniform.

10.  We are in our bedroom by 9:30 p.m. I tell her a story or two and she is off to sleep by 10.

One thing I keep reminding myself is that there will be set backs and days when the routine will just not be followed and I have learnt to be okay with it.

Dimple Sahi has been my guide in my journey as a parent. No matter what situation I was in, she has always given me the most innovative and effective tips to deal with them.

 

More About Dimple Sahi: Prior to founding Small Wonders Early Learning Centre, Dimple has been working with children for close to *30* years with teaching experience at J.N. Petit Technical High School, Bishop’s Co-ed School Kalyani Nagar and Muktangan English School Pune.

 Additionally, She has *3* years of experience as a training facilitator for retail management, soft skills, and financial skills with IIJT.

Dimple Sahi has also worked as the resource person at the State Wise Massive and Rigorous Training program for Primary teachers during the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan from 1997 to 2000. She is an active member of the Association of Early Childhood Education and Development.

She has been rewarded by the Maharashtra Government for making the most innovative teaching aids in 1998.

Dimple Sahi is also Advisory member for Train for India.

Dimple Sahi’s Profile also boasts of the following:

Certificate course in *ADHD: Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students * from The State University of New York, The University at Buffalo.

Certificate course in *Supporting Children with difficulties in Reading and Writing* from ** University of London Institute of Education, Dyslexia International.

Certificate course in Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child Rearing from the Yale University.

Certificate Course in Learning how to learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects from University of California, San Diego.

Learn more about Dimple Sahi and check out her website for all your parenting dilemmas at ActivChamps and Small Wonders Early Learning Centre.

 

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