Starting primary school is a big milestone for children and parents! While it can be an exciting experience, transitioning to school presents many changes and challenges that can be scary for a little prep-to-be! To help you and your child prepare for prep, we’ve rounded up four quick tips for making this transition a successful one.
1. Start ‘prepping’ now!
Transitioning to school does not only occur on the first day of school. It is a process that starts the year before prep, and will continue as your child attends their first days, weeks and months of school. Term three is a great time to start talking to your child about starting school and discussing some of the changes they will experience.
2. Take note of your child’s development
Starting school involves a complex interplay between several developmental areas. It is important to consider not only your child’s intellectual development (such as counting and recognising their name), but also their social, emotional and physical skills. If you’re concerned about your child’s development, we recommend that you speak to your child’s psychologist, teacher(s) or paediatrician. This is to ensure that appropriate targeted interventions can be employed to support your child’s transition to prep.
3. Prepare a social story!
Social stories are short, pictured descriptions of real life situations that can help young people understand or prepare for an event or activity. Social stories are a great way to help your child prepare for some of the changes and events that may occur at school. Check out this awesome list of apps and software programs designed to make creating social stories quick and easy.
4. Enrol in a school readiness program
School readiness programs are designed to support children transitioning to primary school by equipping them with new skills and knowledge, and exposing them to the demands and expectations of a classroom environment. Learning Curve Psychology offers a school readiness program called Ready, Set, Prep! This is an individualised program designed to specifically target your child’s developmental needs.
To find out more about more about Ready, Set, Prep! or for more information about school preparation, contact us on 9768 9990.