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Making children learn to share

Learning to share can be a challenge for young children, but sharing is an essential skill that they
need for play and learning throughout their childhood. In children’s little world, everything is about
them. Sharing with others won’t come naturally to them, it is a learned trait. That is why it is
essential that kids are been taught to learn. 

Developmental milestones of sharing
Toddlers: Kids in the age of 12 months to two year probably don’t have an understanding of what
sharing is. For sharing, children also need to be able to manage their emotions, and toddlers are at
the stage of learning. So consequences for not sharing probably won’t help instead, encouragement
and practice will work better.
Preschoolers: If they are encouraged and have practice of sharing they begin to understand about
turn-taking and sharing. Preschooler will probably understand that sharing equally is the ‘fair’ thing
to do, but he still might not be keen to put sharing into action when it comes to giving something up. 


Parent responsibility:
Talk to your child – Talking and practicing about sharing can help your child to understand the
emotions and express it well and giving reward will also motivate them to share.
Practice giving, not just offering – Teach your child to share what they have. If no other children are
around, ask them to offer their chocolates to all adults in the family. Involve your child in serving.
This will make your child understand how happy they can make others by sharing.
Role play (for preschoolers) – If your child is a master at saying no when asked to share, think about a
little role reversal. Then talk to them about how they feel at that point of time when they wouldn’t
want to make anyone feel the same way.


As a parent we need to understand:
Don’t expect too much too early – The idea of giving something up is more threatening to the
children so, when you ask your child to share a toy, you are really asking her to take a risk by giving
up something that is so precious. Your child might take time to adjust to it and share it with others.
Don’t force your children to share everything – Some possessions are so emotionally loaded that
they should retain their special status. Therefore, if your child is not adjusting to the sharing
principle, don’t be disheartened. Your child will learn to share eventually.
Don’t worry if your child occasionally refuses to share – It is perfectly normal for children to go
through periods of intense possessiveness, especially if the children are feeling stressed but, if your
child never shares her toys, or always treats such sharing as a traumatic event, it is probably a sign of
severe insecurity about only what they own.
Don’t punish – To encourage sharing, use positive reinforcements rather than scolding. As they will
mature, they’ll learn that sharing with friends is more fun than keeping things to themselves


Letters and Sounds

“Reading to your children at home not only makes them enjoy reading, but it also helps them in school,” says Susan Quinn, a reading specialist and elementary school teacher at Saint Brendan School in the Bronx, New York. Reading together nurtures companionship and fun and builds concentration, focus, and vocabulary.
The New Einstein’s Academy offers an innovative program for children. The curriculum is designed to empower the children through social interaction, play, discussion, reflection, and creativity. It is the best preschool in Chicago. The daily program of New Einstein’s Academy includes free play, hands-on activities, many learning and outdoor activities. The preschool also goes on field trips on a bi-monthly basis.
Quinn says. Dr. Seuss books, with their rhymes and simple words, are perfect for this age, Quinn says. Kids learn through repetition, so read the same favorite books over and over, ask questions, and encourage your child to say simple words aloud. Throughout the day, have her say the words she sees on street signs, billboards, and computer screens, or have her search for high-frequency words in a magazine.

They will also write short, simple sentences such as “The cat ran home.” Keep a special box or bin at home filled with writing materials (crayons, pencils, markers, paper, and notepads) so your child can practice writing simple sentences about special things he’s done or seen during the day. Ask about what he’s written, and have him read it aloud. Offer encouragement by displaying his writings on the refrigerator or on her bedroom wall.

Kids this age will learn to recognize, write, order, and count objects up to the number 30. They will be able to add and subtract small numbers (add with a sum of 10 or less and subtract from 10 or less); this focus on addition and subtraction will continue through second grade.

Numbers and Counting

Get your kindergartner to look for the numbers one through 30 in magazines and newspapers. He can cut them out, glue them on paper, and put them in order. When you’re riding in the car or waiting in line, play a game of “What comes next?” Give your child a number and ask him to identify the following number. At bedtime, ask him to count how many stuffed animals he has, and ask, “How many books about dogs do you have? How fast can you count them?” Take two of these books away and ask, “How many are left?”

  • Kids this age will learn to recognize, write, order, and count objects up to the number 30.
  • They will be able to add and subtract small numbers (add with a sum of 10 or less and subtract from 10 or less); this focus on addition and subtraction will continue through second grade.
  • Kids will learn how to name and describe common shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle) and to identify, sort, and classify objects by color, size, and shape.

Help your child understand the concept of time by saying what time it is during routine activities. Use and explain words like morning, noon, night, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Make a timeline together showing a typical day, with drawings of regular events and the time of day written beneath each one.

In addition to learning about time, 5- and 6-year-olds can name the four seasons, so chart changes in the weather together on a special weather calendar to help your child learn how the seasons change. Find pictures illustrating the seasons (colorful leaves, snow, blooming flowers) and discuss what your child sees in them. Talk about what clothing you can both wear during each season.