Joining primary school is an exciting time for both the parent and kid, and one should ensure that they give their child the perfect start to their education life. Children start school at different stages of development; hence, an ideal start will positively impact their education journey. The primary school system feels more serious than kindergarten because of the larger classes, a different routine, more homework, and longer lessons. Here are tips to help you prepare your child for primary school.
Prepare a Checklist
Making a checklist will help your child adjust to the new routine. With a list, the kid will follow a new habit more efficiently and help them know what to do and expect at a given time. The checklist mainly includes after-school activities and pre-bedtime. Pre-bedtime activities include packing the school bag, laying out the school uniform, and then bedtime. Your child should make fair use of the time after school because this will aid productivity, and the kid will learn to associate school activities with such time. Activities include taking a shower, completing the homework or learning new words.
Talk About Your Child’s Expectations
Before the first school day, talk to your child about what they think the first day will be like. If the child has concerns, take time to address them together. At this point, the parent should prepare the child for activities such as buying food at the school canteen, how to get to and from school and making new friends.
Attend the School Orientation Together
Orientation sessions are good opportunities for parents to tour the school together with your child and figure out what the classes, canteen and washroom look like. During orientation, parents meet with other parents and share how they feel about the school. This is also an opportunity for parents to form chat groups and get updates on important school events and activities.