I am unique

Dear families,

Transition toschool Program

Starting school is a major event in the life of children and their families. In our transition to school programs,we will use some strategies that will support the children’s learning and help them for smooth transition.

This week we will be starting a unit of work on ‘friends’and ‘I am unique’. This unit of work includes things like make new friends, friendship with all age groups and even animal friends. At the centre, children have made many new friends who they are learning to cooperate, work and play with.

Following behaviours and characteristics can help and associated with early school success.The overall aims of our school readiness program will help and support children to:

  • Supporting children to develop their self-help and social skills – looking after the belongings, being able to have the confidence to asking for help when necessary, resolving conflicts with peers, self-help skills in dressing, toileting, opening lunch boxes etc.
  • Ability to work independently with supervision
  • Ability to listen and pay attention to what someone else is saying.
  • Ability to get along with and cooperate with other children.
  • Ability to play with other children
  • Ability to follow simple rules
  • Ability to work with puzzles, scissors, colouring, paints etc.
  • Ability to write their own name or to acquire the skill with instruction
  • Ability to identify both shapes and colours
  • Develop a high level of self confidence in starting school.
  • Have good eye-hand coordination skills (handling a scissor, correct pencil grip, using a ruler and so on.)
  • Talking with children about school and encouraging them to ask questions or voice their concerns about school.
  • Reading stories about starting school. Including school props such as uniforms, bags, lunch boxes and chalk boards in dramatic play areas.

At home, parents can help to build their child’s confidence for schooland prepare children for school. For this the following ideas are useful;

  • Create and enforce a routine within your home that your child needs to follow (i.g. times of meals, naptimes, and bedtimes.)
  • Encourage and answer questions from your child.
  • Engage in informal reading and counting activities at home.
  • Promote your child’s cognitive development by showing and encouraging your child to think about the world around them.
  • Promote play that helps develop literacy skills.Problem-solving skills, creativity, and imagination.
  • Ensure opportunity to develop social skills through playgroups or more formal preschool activities.
  • Encourage behaviours that demonstrate respect and courtesy.
  • Encourage children to accept responsibility and build competence through simple chores such as putting toys away and picking up clothes.
  • Inviting a friend around to play.
  • Reading books or watching movies about friendships.
  • Label your child’s belongings for school. Set a pattern that expensive toys and treasured items are not taken to school. If they get lost or broken, this can create a lot of anxiety for you and your child.
  • As a parent, reframe your questions about school, preschool and day care from, ‘What did you do today?’ to a more positive question such as ‘Tell me the best thing you did at school today’. This is a useful way of talking with your child after school – not just in kindergarten, but also throughout their schooling.

Through this unit children will learn how to interact with people and the importance of being social. We will provide some more information regarding school readiness to families.It is important for parents and teachers to work together and communicate effectively. Children do best at school when their parents and teachers work together to support them.

Board of Studies NSW resources

The Board of Studies has produced some excellent books to help parents understand how they can assist their child in the early years.

Helping your child learn to read: A guide for parents is designed to help parents teach their children, from birth through the primary school years, about reading in the home. It includes a section on helping children who are having trouble learning to read, with a range of useful hints and tips to build your child’s skills and confidence.

Helping your child learn to write: A guide for parents also helps parents to understand the types of writing that are taught at primary school and includes a comprehensive list of commonly used grammar terms.

Helping your child learn to do mathematics: A guide for parents contains many useful hints and tips. Itis designed to assist parents to teach their children, from birth through the primary school years, about mathematical ideas in the home. It also helps parents to understand what their child is learning about mathematics at primary school.

Other resources

There is a wide range of resources that can help you understand schools, the curriculum and how you can continue to play a vital role in your child’s education.

Relax! If you are stressed, your child may sense this and worry.

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.