You’ve signed your baby up for an enrichment programme and are confident that it would benefit from him. Problem is, he won’t participate and keeps crying in class.
Help your little one get comfortable with these five expert tips.
If possible, arrive at the centre 20 minutes earlier to familiarise him with the classroom, and also for him to socialise, suggest Kuah Eng Liang, principal at Heguru Education Centre.
Don’t force him if he doesn’t want to interact with other kids. Let him get involved at his own pace.
He will still benefit from “parallel play” (playing separately side by side), and may be completely satisfied being involved from the periphery, on his terms, says Melissa Cowden, director at Bibinogs.
Show your interest
Sing along and dance with the teachers. Your child sees you as his role model.
If he observes that you’re enjoying yourself, he’ll join in the fun, Melissa adds.
Follow his lead
If he crawls away from the group, take the learning materials and follow him.
Let him touch and play with it, then slowly bring him back to his classmates.
Well done, darling
During the class, give your baby attention and reassurance. Shower him with heaps of encouragement and praise when he attempts the activities, adds Eng Liang.
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