What to Consider Before Sending Your Child to School
By the time your child approaches school age, they will have absorbed an astonishing amount of information; much of it without even trying. When thinking about your child’s school readiness, it is important to remember how much you have already given them.You are your child’s first teacher. They will observe you constantly, noticing the rhythm of your voice, your emotional response, and conversation and language choices. They may also mirror the way you handle stress, express joy, or set boundaries.
You are your child’s first teacher. They will observe you constantly, noticing the rhythm of your voice, your emotional response, and conversation and language choices. They may also mirror the way you handle stress, express joy, or set boundaries.
Yes, being a family is both a privilege and a great responsibility. And with all this responsibility you may worry that your child is not ready for school.
Children often hit a behavioural obstacle, appear to have stopped listening, or return to ways of coping you thought they had “grown out of”. This is all perfectly natural and you are not alone in feeling concerned.
In many traditional cultures, children had access to a range of role models. And frankly, this makes a lot of sense. No family is an island, but the emergence of quality nurturing play-based care centres for young children can help build the bridges to school readiness.
An early learning centre like Hamersley Early Learning School offers support, education, and enrichment to families. Childhood educators can now contribute in multiple ways to your child’s education and relationship building skills during these important, formative years.
Before Formal Schooling
In the years before formal schooling begins, three plus programme is ideal. This is a program designed to build cognitive, social and motor skills, ensuring children are receptive to their first years of formal schooling. Working together with your child’s educators is the best thing you can do for your child. This allows you to offer continuity between the daily lessons both in the home and the care centre.
Hamersley Early Learning School’s three plus program will support, articulation, empathy, co-operation, and focus – which can all be implemented in the home.
Developing School Readiness at Home
Preparing for school is multifaceted and involves everything from confidence with toileting to emotional adjustment. It is important to remember that your child will be getting much of what they need just from the daily routine, and you don’t need to feel stressed about embarking on a demanding regime.
Remaining relaxed and encouraging a love of learning is the first step. Once your child is in a contented rhythm with learning new things, you can expand and refine.
When it comes time to fine tune some life skills, you might consider the following:
Give your child some tasks to complete that are manageable without your help, and allow choice. Even if it is simply getting dressed. You can encourage decision making by offering two outfits and having them choose one. Children can also make choices between two pieces of fruit, two books or two games.
Narrowing to two is good practice for school where children learn to work within boundaries and frameworks.
Children can learn to put their hat and bag on a hook or rack after three plus programme, learn about time management and how to tell time, and even get to know some stationary items. It is fun for kids to have their own set to practice with at home.
Gaining confidence when speaking with adults and asking for what they need are great skills for school age children. Practice this within the family and local community, at the shops or with other people.
You may not have spoken with your child before about who they are officially, in the outside world. There probably hasn’t been the need! Now is a good time to familiarise your child with the basics.
- Their full name and how to recognise and begin to write it.
- The full names of other family members and even a phone number.
- The name of their town, age, and teacher’s name.
Children learn in their own time, so don’t be concerned if your child doesn’t know the alphabet or how to count to 20. This will come.