Children’s Independence and Getting Ready for “Big School”
The primary school is a child’s first step towards real life – it is here that they are first faced with real situations and with real consequences: the “big school” teaches them independence. However, your kid is going to need a little bit of pushing in order to get ready for the primary school.
The physical environment, procedures and rules, socialization expectations are all a part of the primary school era for the little ones, and it’s your duty and pleasure to prepare them for it before things kick off.
Learning to embrace learning
One of the main issues kids have with school is not the lack of motivation, but the inability to deal with learning. A child can be taught to embrace the hunger for knowledge as something positive and good, and it all starts with positive learning experiences from a young age, which is why enrolling them in a pre-school program, such as Young Explorers Early Learning Centre is so important.
This can not only help them build and improve their literacy, numeracy and language skills, but also teach them about creativity and being independent and confident. Knowing how to learn is a valuable asset and every child should be taught how to truly embrace it.
Always keep the transition in mind
It’s important that you get a feel of how a child might deal with this transition. Not all children are the same; some can adjust perfectly, while others tend to find it harder to learn the ropes, and the inability to adjust can lead to future complications.
Additionally, always keep in mind that things are much different than they were back in the day for teachers and parents. In order to do a good job at making this transition as smooth as possible, here are some factors to keep in mind:
- Social skills – School is not just about learning; back-and-forth conversation is the most important activity children engage in. Encourage your child to communicate with other children; organize play dates for them and pay special attention to sharing and taking turns.
- Emotional skills – The primary school is immediately followed by puberty, meaning that if they learn how to deal with their emotions, they’ll have a much better chance of being stable throughout their future life. Extra warmth and support are essential for the primary school.
- Independence skills – Once they’re enrolled into primary school, it’s already expected of children to be somewhat responsible, which means that you should start preparing them right away. It all starts with making small choices, such as choosing what clothes to wear and which snacks to pack.
- Learning skills – Although your children will be learning about letters and numbers from scratch in primary school, if they’re already familiar with the concept, they will have a better foundation to build on.
This is an event for the entire household
Starting primary school is important – the entire family feels it when this “era” finally arrives. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should make the experience stressful by overemphasizing its importance.
Be happy about the upcoming change and your child will likely start feeling the same way. Positive reinforcement is an invaluable asset in your parenting arsenal – the kids have a borderline supernatural sixth sense for detecting negativity, so be positive by expecting the positive!
Oh, and keep everything light; despite the fact that starting primary school is a big step in a child’s development, it is a slow, gradual, and definitely not a scary process – no need to make it a stressful experience!
Preparing your child for the big day of starting primary school is vital, but it does take a somewhat thoughtful approach. Start by changing your opinion about learning – so your kid will pick it up from you. This transitional period is very important, so pay attention to your kid’s social, emotional, independence and learning skills. Finally, think of the primary school preparations as an event for the entire household!
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