STARTING YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL
Getting Ready for School
Your child needs to be "ready” to start school. Here are a few suggestions to help you:
Enrol your child at a preschool. Children need to socialize with their peers. They learn to play together, share and listen, as well as skills such as sitting and concentrating on tasks.
Children need to be able to go to the toilet by themselves. Teachers cannot leave a class full of children to go and clean a child.
It is a great help if your child can tie his/her shoelaces or have shoes he/she can put on by him/herself.
Teach your child to recognize his/her name. It is even more helpful if he/she can write it.
Read to your child and familiarise him/her with the alphabet.
Familiarise your child with numbers. Help him/her to count objects in books, at the supermarket, etc.
Teach your child the basic colours, e.g. talk about the colours of the clothes he/she is wearing and name the colours of objects.
Enrol your child at school a few weeks before he/she turns five so you can organize a school visit and check on requirements such as stationery, uniforms, etc. You will need to bring along a document such as a passport of birth certificate to verify his/her date of birth.
Arrange a school visit. This usually takes place a week or two before your child starts school. A convenient time for us is from 9:00am until 10:30am. It is a good idea to leave your child, although some parents like to stay with their child for the first time. This is also an opportunity to inform the teacher about any health problems or concerns you may have.
Purchase a reasonably large school bag for your child. It needs to be big enough to hold a lunch box, clothing and school work.
Name your child’s clothing. It is so much easier to find missing items if they are labelled.
It is a good idea to have a spare pair of underwear and change of clothes in your child’s bag in case of accidents.
Teach you child how to pack his/her bag. Make sure he/she is able to open and close his/her lunch box and undo his/her lunch wrap.
Don’t give your child too much to eat. During the first days at school, children often want to run off and play with the others. Children have 15 minutes to eat their lunch before the bell rings to go and play.
The First Days at School
School starts at 8:55am so make sure your child arrives in plenty of time to hang up his/her bag and put his/her book bag in his/her group box.
For the first few weeks you are most welcome to stay with your child and make sure he/she is settled before you leave.
Teach your child to become independent. During the first few weeks at school, remind him/her where to hang his/her bag, what to take into class and what to bring home. After that let him/her go to class by him/herself and let him/her walk out to meet you. Children think they are quite grown up when they are allowed to be in charge of their own belongings and walk to the gate.
Reinforce with your child the need to tell the teacher if he/she has a concern at school. Teachers can deal with problems immediately, providing they are told.
Please talk to the teacher if you have any worries about your child.
These are just a few suggestions to help you make your child’s start to school a pleasant experience. We look forward to seeing you at Bailey Road Primary and Intermediate School.