Preschool Education: Children Preparation

Preschool education can start for children at 5 years of ages. Preparing for schooling can be quite hard for the children as well as the parents. This article will show you some hints and tips on how to prepare your child for school.

School is about to begin and you are wondering where and when to send your child to school. Depending on your child, the average age to start school is at age 5. If your child is 4, but very bright and smart for his age, he may be able to go to school at his age of 4. The first thing to look for is the school. I would personally suggest a private school, these days public schools are getting worse and worse, but that is just my opinion. Make sure that the school is a clean and sfae environment. Speak with teachers or presidents at the school so you can begin to get a feeling for the school. Also when checking out the schools, make sure to find out about the transportation as well.Parents are the first teachers in their children's lives. Children learn more in the early years at home - and more quickly too - than at any other time in their lives. Education begins at birth. What you do with your child in those early years lays the foundation for all that follows. It is particularly important to talk, to ask and answer questions, to encourage careful observation of the world around you, to encourage imagination and thinking.Helpful activities for you and your child to do together and talk about include:

Sitting together and looking at books/listening to stories.

Visiting places together - the park, supermarket, station, bank, library, post office, launderette.

Singing rhymes and songs together.

Collecting things like postcards, pebbles, shells, buttons.

Making a scrapbook.

Playing games together - picture lotto, snakes and ladders, colour or picture dominoes, large jigsaw puzzles, ludo and similar board games, I-Spy, skipping games, singing games, ball games.

Cooking simple things - cheese straws, pastry, small cakes.

Playing with children is very important. By playing with adults children will be more confident and able to talk to the other adults they will meet in school. By playing with other children they learn to share, to take turns and to mix.

Children are more likely to settle quickly in school if they know some of their class mates. Going to a pre-school group, family centre or day nursery, will help prepare your child socially and educationally for school.

Many schools run induction programmes with visits to the school including those potentially daunting areas - the hall, the playground, the toilets! Make the most of these opportunities. Sometimes there is a useful booklet to tell you both about starting school; sometimes there is a video or a book made by an older pupil. Some schools lend activity packs and toys to their pre-school intake. Ask about your school's induction programme and find out what your school can do for you and you for it.

At School

It is important for children to feel that parents and teachers are working together for their benefit. Children are often proud that parents are involved in the school so do offer your help if you can.

Share fears and worries with your children's teacher as well as good news. Don't forget the impact of upheavals such as house moves, birth of a new sister or brother, death of a grandparent or a beloved family pet.

Practical things you can do:

Ensure your child arrives punctually.

Make sure your child understands basic road safety - teach the Green Cross Code.

Warn your child about the dangers of going anywhere without telling you.

Don't bring your child to school if he or she is unwell.

Tell the school of any long term problem - asthma, diabetes, hay fever etc.

Avoid comparisons with others - it can undermine your child's sense of being special to you.

Expect your child to be very tired after the first full days of school.

Encourage your child to leave cherished toys at home.

Label possessions likely to go astray - including clothes!

Be patient if the answer to "What did you do at school today" is "Nothing" or "Just played". Children like to have their own private worlds too and may not want to share with you at first - but don't stop showing your interest!

Don't worry if you child seems to go back a few steps on first starting school - insecurity may lead to a spell of thumbsucking, tantrums, wanting the light left on or even bedwetting. With your help and the school's and a little extra reassurance and affection your child will learn to cope.

Don't worry if after all your preparation your child still howls on the first day of school and pleads with you not to leave. Stay calm, say when you'll be back and go. It is often easier for the teacher or nursery nurse to settle your child without you there and most children are soon distracted and comforted - frequently before you have reached the gates!

The best thing to remember is to let your child know that you love them, and will be back for them. To get your child prepared for going to school, read story books about going to school, the first day of school etc, so that you child knows what to expect.

Remember that you are your child's first teacher: they learn everything from you. So do your part, and teach them: have them ready to begin kindergarten. Teach them counting, reading, body parts, and more so that your child will be on the road to success.

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