The transition into school represents a major step in a child’s life. Read on to know more useful information for parents to identify the skills and abilities that contribute to school readiness. Through these, we hope for parents to better understand their roles, as well as the best practices for fostering an appropriate transition and school success!
Positive transition experiences can influence a child’s future journeys and contribute to their well-being & holistic development. Successful transitions are possible when a child is ready and is equipped with right skillsets , habits, behaviour, attitude and tools for primary school
Parents and caregivers’ involvement is also a key factor in a child’s early learning and development, and transition to school. Many resources and schemes are available to ensure school fees remain affordable.
Transitions may be difficult. Sometimes, a child is simply not ready and may require more time for the transition. The ability to adjust to changes depends on child’s temperament , resilience, support system and previous experiences.
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1. Listen to children’s idea and thoughts
– Observe their behaviours and actions
– Try to understand their feelings and emotions
2. Understand different adults’ voices
– Adults decisions and actions can influence each other and influence children’s transition
3. Give children the chance to experience challenges
– Different challenges can influence children socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and academically
– Preparing children for challenges in their new environment will help them go through challenges with ease
4. Continue to expand their skills, knowledge and personality
– Familiar experiences helps them use their skills, knowledge and dispositions to relate to their experiences
– Continue to expand their skills, knowledge and disposition
5. Acknowledge children’s, parents’ and teachers’ concerns
– Understand their concerns
– Do not project our own anxieties on children, consciously or unconsciously
6. “Settling in” will help in social and emotional learning and development
– Helps children to become familiar and comfortable with their new environment
– Settling in contributes to the social and emotional adjustments