Helping Your Child to Play Nice!

It is fascinating and rewarding to watch your child grow and develop into the marvelous person they are meant to be.  During development it is very normal for a child to explore the themes of good and bad.   Most children like to be the good guys.  They act out being brave, being powerful and doing good things in the world.  However, sometimes this play can turn aggressive, and this is when parents and teachers need to step in and redirect this type of play.

Think of these as opportunities to talk to your child about what “good guys” do and connect it back to your own family’s values.  This will help your child to understand your household rules, like being kind to others. If your child turns a stick, a block or even a sandwich into a weapon, remind them they need to play safely. Talk to your child about how good guys are kind, respectful and always play safe.   This is the message we teach both in the classroom and on the playground.

Children can be influenced by what they see and hear on television, and we know that there is a lot of content on television that is unsuitable for our age group.  If your child does watch television, pay attention to the programs your child watches, and watch with them.   Set limits on the amount of time your child watches television.  Refuse to allow your child to see television shows that contain aggressive or violent behavior, and be mindful about your own media habits, and careful about what you watch when your child is nearby.  At this age children do not distinguish between fantasy and reality.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, (AAP), children under 6 should not be exposed to virtual violence at all.

SMS classrooms do not rely on media for teaching.  The learning and playing at school is child-centered, hands-on and based on the Montessori curriculum and the specialized learning materials.  Classrooms and playgrounds are carefully organized and prepared to be safe, learning spaces where children can thrive. If a teacher does need to redirect a child, it is always conducted in a way that is fair, reasonable, consistent, and designed to help the child develop inner control.

When teachers and parents work in partnership we create a school environment for kids that is safe and supportive.  Nothing is more important than our children!

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