The time is approaching. Soon your baby will be going to ‘big school’.
What is your first reaction? Does your stomach churn? Do you go through a frenzy of attempting to ‘teach’ your child a million things at once?
They should know stuff right?
There are a number of things that can REALLY assist in making this transition so much smoother and we bet it’s not the stuff you think it is.
I have heard many people talk about how their child is more than ready for school because they can read, count to 20, write their name and identify letters.
This stuff is NOT important!
Yep! You heard me right!
It certainly has a place and if they can do this stuff…AMAZING. But, when a parent asks me whether I think their child is ready for school, my first thought has to do with the development of the child as a whole… and my top priorities are their social, emotional and physical development!
Yes your child needs some academic basics, but school readiness actually refers to a much broader range of skills. Do you want to know whether your child is ‘school ready?’ Check out our FREE School Readiness Checklist
Below is a list of things I discuss with parents and take into consideration when giving my opinion on School Readiness:
- Can your child detach from you easily without getting upset?
- Can your child follow simple 2-3 step instructions?
- Are they able to play with others, having some understanding of sharing and taking turns?
- Can they show self regulation, keeping body parts to themselves?
- Do they show resilience when they don’t get a go straight away or when they lose?
- Are they confident in speaking in front of a small group?
- Do they have the confidene to seek help from other adukts?
- Are they able to express themselves and manbage their emotions to some extent?
These are some of the areas I may suggest to look out for. I also believe self care (independent toileting and opening lunch boxes), attention and concentration, physical skills (e.g. fine and gross motor skills, having the endurance to sit upright for an entire school day and keep up with their friends), emotional regulation, language skills, play and social skills are extremely important in order for a child to feel confident and happy when coming to school.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ formula for kids as they are all so different and develop at their own pace. But one thing I do know from my experience in the classroom, is they cannot thrive at school if they haven’t developed the skills to manage things like; getting along with other children, following instructions, and communicating their needs.
Our School Readiness program incorporates activities for your child to practise all these skills all whilst having fun through Play.
We also have a FREE School Readiness Checklist to help you determine whether your child ‘will be ready’ for big school.
Love Jenna xx