There’s no greater satisfaction for a young child, than to accomplish something that they’re responsible for. Staff and teachers at Silver Spring preschool know that discharging those responsibilities successfully, and consistently, is vital for building self-confidence in children. And knowing they’re responsible for doing something – even something as small as leading a group of youngsters out of class and onto the playground – can be a huge morale booster. The challenge for parents, teachers and home caregivers, however, is how to teach preschoolers about responsibility.
Why Teach Responsibility
We’ve mentioned the fact that responsibility brings satisfaction, gives children a sense of accomplishment, and can boost a child’s morale. However, those are just a few positive outcomes of delegating responsibility to youngsters. Kids, who learn about being responsible early in life, are more likely to be successful as adults.
If you want your preschooler to become independent as they grow older, then instilling a sense of responsibility in them is essential. Teaching them about responsibility will also give them a firm sense of understanding right from wrong, and the desire to always do what needs doing, when it must be done. Being responsible for specific roles or tasks also gives youngsters an opportunity to show they’re dependable, and that they may be trusted to make the right choices.
Empathy for others, self-discipline, and an appreciation for time management are other aspects that taking on responsibility promotes. And, because children in preschool in Silver Spring MD are often tasked with responsibilities that entail doing something, delegating them those responsibilities is a great way to encourage physical movement at an early age.
More importantly, along with responsibility comes accountability. In teaching preschoolers about being responsible, adults also impart another critical lesson: That the youngster is accountable for the actions that he/she are responsible for. In imparting those lessons, kids understand that others depend on them to diligently discharge certain responsibilities assigned to them – like putting things back in their rightful place when play day is over today, so others can easily find them tomorrow.
Learning about responsibility, and then discharging their responsibility to their fullest abilities, also serves to unlock a child’s full potential. It teaches them about decision-making, and about owning-up to failures – for things they were responsible for – and being proud of their successes. And those are traits that’ll serve them well, not just through their pre-schooling years, but also through higher-schooling, in their professional lives, and in other personal, social and communal roles they’ll later undertake.
Setting the Stage for Responsible Kids
Clearly, a responsible nature isn’t something that a child “inherits” from parents and family members. And neither do preschoolers automatically “pick up” responsible attitudes from just attending day care or pre-schooling institutions. It’s true that a child’s upbringing – family life – does play a vital role in infusing a sense of responsibility in them. However, family and home caregivers, as well as staff at a preschool in Bethesda MD must play a proactive role in setting that stage by making responsibility a part of a child’s lifestyle.
So, as an adult with influence on young children’s upbringing, here are some things that you can do to set the stage for teaching preschoolers the importance of responsibility:
Following these five stage-setters builds a great foundation for teaching your kids about responsibility. They also help youngsters shoulder their part of responsibility, whether it’s at home or at school, which sets the stage for them to grow into responsible adults as they enter other areas of society, including the workforce. But your teaching task isn’t yet complete! There are still a few things for you to understand about teaching responsibility to preschoolers.
Delegating Responsibility – The Finer Points
Our five-point strategy has set the stage for teaching preschoolers about responsibility. However, like all other lessons learned, not everything you teach them is enjoyable. The risk, therefore, is that your teaching efforts may not bear the fruits you hoped they would. Here are some things to keep in mind in order to maximize the outcome of your teaching efforts:
Above all, be mentally prepared for setbacks – it’s all part of the learning process. Some days, your preschooler may just not feel like putting away the toys that others have played with and thrown around the room. Teachers, staff and administrators at preschool in Bethesda MD know that, among the finer points, patience is a great virtue when it comes to giving young children a lesson in responsibility, because the alternative is not very rewarding!
This 4-point focus on the “softer touch” to inculcating responsibility among preschoolers has more to do with how youngsters receive the responsibility you entrust to them, as opposed to how you delegate it (using the 5-point strategy discussed earlier). Deviating from these finer points may lead kids to become overwhelmed, disheartened, and disinterested in the responsibilities you assign to them. Consequently, instead of willingly embracing it, your preschooler will shun and shrug responsibility.
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MCCA is the oldest nonprofit licensed child care provider in Montgomery County and started its work in 1968 as a Community Action Project of the War on Poverty. Recognizing the need for quality child care programs in their neighborhoods, a group of local activists formed an association to establish centers in Montgomery County that would serve a diverse population and establish high standards for child care. Now, more than 50 years later, MCCA’s dedicated and expertly trained staff continue their tradition of providing high quality child care and play-based education for children.
Families with school aged children who can afford their child care expenses during the school year often struggle to afford the all-day programs they need when school is out for the summer. The Richard Krampf Summer Adventures Scholarship Fund was established to help provide children a safe and stimulating place to spend their weeks when school is out. Please contact an MCCA Director for details on how to apply.