Making Choices In Kindergarten And At Home

Kindergartners have several opportunities during the course of a day to make a choice at school. So many choices have to be made that the child is not even aware that he/she is making a choice.  Here are some examples:

  • Who to sit next to during circle time
  • Mom/Dad sent in two snacks, which one to choose
  • Which center(s) to choose during free choice time
  • What book to look at to read
  • What book to check out from the library
  • What color crayons should I use to color my work
  • Who to play with at recess
  • What toy to play on at recess

There are also the choices that affect whether or not he/she will choose to go to the time out table (or something similar for inappropriate behavior)

  • Shall I sit quietly and listen to a story or talk, making the choice to go to the time out table
  • Shall I sit quietly while directions are being given or talk, making the choice to go to the time out table
  • Should I keep my hands and feet to myself or should I poke a friend making the choice to go to the time out table
  • Should I talk with an indoor voice or raise my voice so that I am heard all around the room again making the choice to go to the time out table

The list could go on and on but as you can see your child is constantly making choices at school.  Encouraging your child to make choices at home would reinforce the necessary skill of learning to make a choice. At home your child could make a choice in the following situations:

  • When given a choice of 2 outfits to wear to school your child will make a choice as to what clothes to wear to school
  • When given a choice of 2 snacks to bring to school your child will make a choice 1 and stick with that choice
  • When given a choice of 2 TV programs to watch your child will choose one
  • When given a choice to 2 friends to invite over for a play date your child will make a choice of one friend
  • When a friend does come to play your child will make the choice of what toys to play with

Please try to encourage your child to make choices at home even when they don’t want to.  This is a valuable life skill that cannot be taught too early.

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