Drawing attention to the opening of a new field of experience for children who will start preschool education face to face, Assoc. Dr. Gökçe Kurt emphasized that schools should be an emotional “safe haven” for children during this period.
“Children’s high adaptability and adaptation capacities are the most important factors in the management of this period. Socialization has a vital role in early development, ”he said, and drew attention to the decisive role that preschool education institutions play in children’s lives in terms of friendship, play, emotional regulation, and development of social competence capacity.
TRUST CHILDREN’S HIGH ADAPTABLE CAPACITY
Noting that preschool children with high capacity for renewal, growth, change and adaptation can overcome this process much more easily with the support of families and teachers, Assoc. Dr. Gökçe Kurt stated that the most important problem that will bring face-to-face training after a long time can be experienced in social and emotional areas.
Stating that the pandemic is a compelling experience for teachers as well as for students, Assoc. Dr. About preschool teachers, Kurt said the following:
The pandemic has greatly improved the effective problem-solving skills of the preschool education community, including us. However, distance and face-to-face education processes in preschool education have changed very rapidly. That’s why I think pre-school education is the education level that will have the least difficulty in transition to face-to-face education. “
WEIGHT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ON RULED GAMES AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Assoc. Dr. Gökçe Kurt listed his suggestions to preschool teachers in the transition to face-to-face education as follows:
“They can include more activities for young children, especially in the area of socialization and emotion regulation. With the arrival of the spring months, the open spaces of pre-school education institutions can be used more effectively for children who miss to move, run and play. In addition, educational programs for children who will make new friends and re-learn group dynamics can mainly include games with rules. Again, we attach great importance to artistic and creative activities where children can express their feelings and thoughts easily and freely and be accepted by their teachers. “
FAMILIES SHOULD BE A GOOD LISTENING AND OBSERVER
Pointing out that for children whose social and emotional relationships are restricted due to the pandemic crisis, schools should primarily be inclusive at all levels, Assoc. Dr. Gökçe Kurt listed his suggestions to families with the following words:
“For children who stay at home for a long time and whose social and personal relationships are limited, schools should be a ‘safe haven’ more emotionally. The approach schools will take is very important here. My advice to families is that preschool children especially care about their social and emotional well-being. In this challenging process, the dynamics within the family may have been strained or on the contrary, some families may have developed much more effective coping strategies during this period. Ultimately, as we always say, it is mothers and fathers who can give the child the unconditional love and trust that will bring academic success. Therefore, our most important advice to the parents of our children, who will resume face-to-face education in pre-school education institutions, is to first observe and listen to their children. In the process of transition to face-to-face education, I think every stakeholder at the pre-school level will have experienced better listening to each other and developing empathy, and ultimately, they will use the skills required to raise happy and successful children much more effectively. “