5 Tips for Preparing Your Child to Start School

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Preparing your child for the big step from preschool to primary school can be quite daunting – for child and parent alike!  It’s a fine line between ensuring they are prepared for what is to come (longer days, needing to be more independent etc) and overwhelming and potentially scaring them about “big school”.

  1. DO be positive. Talk about primary school in positive terms.  Some fear and anxiety is to be expected but if you remain positive and talk up the fun bits then you’ll help him see that school is somewhere that he wants to be.
  2. DON’T over-emphasise the notion of “big” school, which can make it sound like a big and scary place and have him terrified and overwhelmed.
  3. DO practice.  Your child will need to become much more independent, so it’s a great idea to practice skills like: tying shoes, listening, following directions and finding a toilet.
  4. DON’T get over-competitive.  This is not the time to cram in the reading and writing study.  By all means, these are great skills to work on with your child, but don’t put pressure on yourselves to have it all mastered before he starts school.
  5. DO label everything.  For the first few weeks emotions will be running high and the last thing you need is the added trauma of losing his favourite Spiderman lunchbox.  Make sure all clothing, shoes, lunchboxes, hats, drink bottles etc are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

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