For your child to be admitted to the first grade of school, he already needs to learn a lot and be able to follow and comply with the established school rules.
Starting their school children should be ready to communicate and interact positively with classmates, stay calm and concentrated, and be able to sit still for a period of class time, do the tasks and learn to wait for their turn to speak or raise their hand to answer. For adults it may seem too easy, however, for a preschooler not even moving for a while or stay fixed can be challenging.
Here are some tips that might be helpful for parents to make the first year of school easier for children:
1.Regular school orientation sessions are important to visit because attending them, preschoolers will quickly get used to the new environment. Meeting the teachers and other children, who will be starting school at the same time, knowing the location of classrooms and other premises, as well as the basic rules and morning routine and rituals of the school beforehand, will ease your child’s assimilation. You can give children to do simple homework, thus, feel free to use printable worksheets for school & preschool printables.
- Encourage your children to meet, chat and play together during vacations and weekends. It can help them make adjusting to the social aspects of school easier.
For the same reason let the kid go to kindergarten and socialize there as early as possible. Attending any early education institution provides your children’s development and confidence in their skills. Children get used to certain rules of behavior in social institutions, like sitting and listening to their peers, sharing, contributing to conversations. In kindergarten young preschoolers develop their motor skills. They are shown the correct way to hold a pencil or crayon as well as taught some handy craft skills like using glue and scissors or even write and spell their names before the start of the educational process.
Attending early education institutions also helps children get used to the morning rituals and goodbye routine and make it easier to separate from you for a while.
3.Love of reading can be a great support. Read books about school life to children regularly or create your story about a schoolboy or girl, and this will make them feel comfortable with the idea of going to school soon.
Role-play with your children. When playing “school”, explain to them that they should sit still for some time or raise their hand to answer.
4.Children may be nervous or anxious about the coming period. So, monitor their mood and behavior and try to speak to them regularly. Also, don’t forget that listening to your child is just as important as talking to him. Always encourage your child’s positive behavior and actions. Praise, show your affection and positive emotions while communicating or playing kids learning games with your preschooler.
5.Set up regular daily routines for your kids the earlier the better. It disciplines and helps your little one to fit into the new coming routine. Teach your child independence. It will be much easier for him if he already knows how to pack and unpack his backpack and not lose his things as well as basic hygiene rules
- Teach your preschooler how to self-calm himself in a stressful situation when you are not around. Use age-appropriate activities, such as cuddling a soft toy, squeezing a stress ball, or having a drink of water. It would be better if you inform the teacher about your child’s preferred calming activities.
To summarize everything that has been said, remember that the most important thing that parents can do to ensure that these early, vital years are the best they can be for their child is to give them quality experiences, whether at home or in childcare settings.