Preparing for school

Much sooner than you expected, your child is approaching the age of five and it’s lime to start thinking about school. Everything you have done with your child up to this age has helped them to become ‘school ready’. They will already have mastered, or be well on the way to mastering, such ‘school-useful’ skills as:

– Recognising and perhaps writing their name.

– Concentrating for reasonable lengths of time (this helps with listening to stories and carrying out activities in the classroom).

– Knowing how to go to the toilet and wash their hands.

– Knowing to wait when an adult is busy talking to someone else, then taking their turn to speak (this takes lots of practice and reminders).

– Recognising what they are feeling and knowing how to use words to ask for what they want.

– Knowing their parents’ names and their home address.

– Knowing to stay away from strangers, the road and busy traffic.

– Putting on a hat before going outside to play.

– Knowing the importance of not hurting other people or themselves.

– Some fine motor skills, such as cutting, pasting, drawing, writing, threading, building with blocks and so on, and some gross motor skills, including running, jumping, hopping, skipping and climbing. They will be good at a number of these and only just learning others.

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It was getting dark outside when the parenting course ended for the day. We were amazed when we thought about how much goes into making four-year-olds what they are, and how much learning and growing they do at that tender age. As leaders of the course, we felt comfortable that, while we had offered some clarity, it was the collective wisdom and sheer warmth and friendliness of these parents towards each other that would help them with their families, as they headed off into the night to be with them again.

Experience of sharing, being friendly and enjoy-ing time with others. Also, they will, hopefully, be able to follow the teacher’s instructions. Don’t expect the teacher to have a magic wand; if you can’t get them to obey, the teacher may not be able to, either. Even highly skilled and caring teachers need children to meet them halfway by being ‘teachable’.

Ideally, a child of school age should have already spent some time in other people’s homes or in the care of trusted adults other than their parents. This way, they will have had the chance to get used to being in a new place without you and to know that you can be relied on to return.