It’s important that yor child knows what the classes are like, so that they feel safe and adapt better to this new environment. To prepare them, you can tell them that at the British Council they’ll play in English, sing and listen to stories, colour and do crafts, and if they work nicely and behave well, they will get a sticker at the end.
Children need to know that in class:
- We listen when someone else speaks.
- We play nicely, without being aggressive.
- We ask for permission to leave the room.
- We ask nicely for things, say please and thank you.
- We wait for our turn, share things and respect other people’s property.
- We speak and behave nicely to each other.
Some children are less independent and tolerant to change. It may happen that in the first lesson(s) the child may cry and refuse to take part in the lesson. If that’s the case, the teacher or the teaching assistant will encourage the child to join in, throughout the class. We don’t force children to take part, but we create the conditions for them to join in when they feel ready. We also don’t allow crying children in the classroom, as this will affect the class environment and alarm the other children in the group. If your child persistently refuses to take part, the teacher will talk to the parent to find a solution together.