Preparing to transition into formal education.
As 2017 rapidly draws to a close, many parents are still feeling unsure if their children are ready to make the transition into formal education.
Little Learning School will aim to support children and ensure that they develop skills that are necessary to engage in a school environment.
The skills that we will assist children to learn are:
- Build on their attention span
- Persevere in activities that they could struggle in
- Respond positively to new and different situations
- Take responsibility for their actions
- Develop communication skills for group discussions or individual play
- Experience satisfaction when completing a task
One of the best people to talk to if you are feeling unsure or have questions is your child’s early childhood educator. They will be able to organise a time to meet with you and discuss your concerns and provide individualised support for your child. Every child develops differently and at their own pace so it is important not to compare to other children and to take time to celebrate each success along the way.
In the Pioneers room, we offer a bespoke Ready to Read program to support your child’s literacy development throughout the year before schooling. Well-developed literacy skills are the foundation for all subsequent learning and our early childhood educators focus on these on the lead up to transition to school. There is research to suggest that academic success is linked to children’s ability to self regulate. That is why our Educators work with children and support them to develop appropriate ways to express emotion, provide them a range of strategies to resolve conflict and build their capacity to engage in mindfulness techniques.
The NSW Department of Education provides a resource for all families preparing for the transition to school. You can find it here
How can parents help with school readiness?
At home there is a wide variety of experiences you can engage in with your child to support readiness for formal schooling. These include reading with your child, singing songs and nursery rhymes, games with letters and numbers, exploring your local community, providing opportunities for them to play with other children and talking to them and asking questions to give them strategies for thinking. When children have a structure for thinking, better learning emerges. Make your house a place where a culture of thinking is fostered. A place where the thinking of the individuals and the group is actively promoted and valued – a place where everyone has something to contribute. Make children active agents in their learning and co-constructors of knowledge.