The Next Step: Starting School
Beginning school is one of the most important events in a
child's life. Inevitable it entails significant changes in daily
routine and there are several ways a parent can help a child
with this big step.
Preparing for School
Preparation begins ideally at birth, as a child from a secure
and loving family background generally finds it easier to adapt
to school life.
--Encourage your preschooler to take an interest in a wide
variety of topics. Parents can help by talking to them, reading
stories, and taking time to answers questions with care.
--Make sure your child is aware of basic tools of the
educational trade: books, pencils, paints, scissors and paper.
--Playing with other children outside his own home helps
accustom a child to being separated from his parents.
--Take your child for a visit to a school before he becomes a
fulltime pupil if it can be arranged. Or take your child past
the gate or the school yard may alleviate some of their fears
--Make sure your child knows how to dress and undress herself
and take care of and recognise her own possessions. (Labelling
them with her name is not advised but perhaps with a patch of
--Teach your child to listen to and carry out simple
--Familiarize your child with the basics of road safety.
If children are well prepared for this major milestone, they
will start off their formal academic career on the right foot
which will be a great help in their future.