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What observations should be made?

  • Find out about and then attend any extracurricular activities of your child: sports, music, drama, etc.
    Find out what your child's hobbies are.
    What are the achievements of your child in these activities: did he/she receive any commendations , prizes, sports trophies, etc. The knowledge of the areas of interest of your child can help you to choose the kind of activities that can help the child to advance in the group and give him/her higher status. Such activities, for example, as soccer, chess playing, etc. might not be widely popular here, but the child may already have certain skills in these areas. Applying them at school will certainly boost his/her self-esteem, will help adaptation, and acceptance at school.

  • Find out how your child gets along with other children. Is he/she a leader or a follower?

  • What kind of responsibilities does your child have in the school and/or in the orphanage? For example, teacher's assistant, class attendance monitor, sport team captain, etc.

  • Find out if your child is attached to any adult in particular. You may get an idea if you learn that someone in this orphanage took your child home for a holiday, or gave the child a special treat for his/her birthday. Talk to this person to get insights into your child's personality, likes and dislikes.
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