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10 ways to prepare your child for Primary 1 - Part 1

07/12/2017

Image credit: The Straits Times

 

 

Is your child a preschooler? Does he/she know about the life after preschool? Can your child go to the toilet to pee and poop by himself/herself? Shortly after looking to get a place in a primary school, your next concern would be how your child will fine-tune to Primary 1.

 

The transition period between preschool and primary school might be both exciting and terrifying for a child. Primary school is the time they get to know a wider range of people (or fellow primary schoolers), get to make their own payments in the canteen during recess, will have a bigger workload than before, will negotiate time tables, will be able to travel to school and back at home independently, and manage a lot of different needs and tasks at a given time. Whilst most pre-schools will have a primary school preparation program, there are many things which you can do with your child to help make adjusting to primary school easier.

 

If you are still anxious about what to teach your child, has already taught them what you want but still thinks it’s still not enough, if you are having a really hard time thinking about your child’s life-to-be in primary school, then look no further. Because we have a guide for that below.

 

Here is a no-hassle back-to-school guide for parents of new Primary 1 pupils.

 

 

1. TALK TO YOUR CHILD

 

 

I think this is a no-brainer. As before, talk to your child, not lecture. No kid wants to listen to a boring hours-long lecture about life (trust me, I know that you know that well too). Go outside, walk in the mall, play with your child in the playground, eat ice cream with them on some bench in your city park, and spend some time together talking about primary school life. Talk in a happy environment. They will open-up to you about what’s really going on in their minds.

 

Share your own experiences when you were at primary school and what you enjoyed when you were there like how you go out and play with your classmates during recess, making a lot new friends, learning to play games, or if applicable taking the school bus (just the good ones, you are trying to make your child like primary school, remember?).

 

Always encourage your child to talk you about the feelings of changes that your child will be facing and the concerns of transitioning into a new environment. He will meet a lot other children different from the preschool kids that he’s used to. You can even buy books about what to expect in primary school if you are one of those who still hasn’t figured out what to say to your child. But there is one thing you should always do – always, always encourage your child to share any concerns that they might have and always address it together. Don’t be the parent that your child will be afraid to talk to. Lighten up and be the cool parent. It’s worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

2. RULES! RULES! RULES!

 

 

Always make your child understand the rules in school and follow them. Don’t do it like Hitler did, do it in a way like the Teletubbies would! Kidding aside, it is important for you to teach your child to follow rules in school. These include (but not limited to) classroom etiquette such as asking permission to go the toilet or raising your hand to ask questions.

 

 

 

 

 

3. ESTABLISH A ROUTINE AT HOME

 

 

A school day usually starts 7 AM and usually ends at noon. Your child should always have adequate sleep and rest, and should also get used to waking up early in the morning to catch the school bus or walk to school.

 

Help your child adjust to a regular schedule too, help him to go to bed early and wake up early, and not get too overwhelmed with the new routine. At home, you could also help him fine-tune to a regular schedule, like the school timetable. For instance, plan time for lunch, snacks, craft, homework, rest and play. Who knows, your child might even be the first one to tell you to wake up or eat lunch!

 

 

Image credit: The Straits Times

 

 

4. SAFETY FIRST!

 

 

Whatever happens, the safety of your child should ALWAYS come first. Go through all the different situations which your child might encounter at school which are a threat to safety. Here are a few tips you should teach your child:

 

- Look both ways

- Don’t give personal info out online

- Don’t play with sharp objects at school (like scissors)

- There are no secrets (no secrets to mommy, no matter what)

- Trust your instincts (this is a bit different, but teaching kids to listen to the little voice inside their head really helps especially in cases that you are not with them)

- Teach them to know your phone number and address

- Yell and Tell rule!

- Fire safety!

 

 

Image Credit: The Straits Times

 

 

5. EXPLAIN HOW THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WORKS

 

 

Talk to your child about school and its organization structure, including the principal, teachers and future classmates. At the same time, you can share your own personal experiences from years ago, and assuage any fears your little one may have. By now, he should know how to distinguish his teacher from his principal!

 

 

You think we only gave you 5 tips. But wait, there’s more! Click HERE for part 2!

 

 

 

 

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