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Kindergarten to Prep – 10 Tips to be Prepared

By April 13th, 2022No Comments

1. Read to Your Child Every Day.

It greatly improves their literacy, vocabulary, concentration and imagination. Children who are regularly read aloud to become better readers and achieve better results. You can read more about fostering a love of reading in your child here.

2. Follow a Basic Routine.

Children thrive in environments that are consistent. Having predictable morning and night routines, with a good night’s sleep and healthy meals, improves behaviour and concentration.

3. Encourage Independence.

Give your child age-appropriate jobs, doing things for themselves (e.g. tidy room, get dressed), for the family (e.g. refill toilet rolls, set table), and to prepare them for school (e.g. holding a pencil, colouring, using scissors).

4. Listen to Each Other.

Listen when your child is telling you things, so they know they can always come to you. And encourage your child to listen, children cannot be taught anything until they can listen.

5. Talk About Everything.

This is how children come to understand and make sense of the world. By simply talking to your child, you are teaching them general knowledge, vocabulary, and correct pronunciation.

6. Check Out Developmental Milestones.

Use them as a general guide to see what the average child should be doing physically, intellectually and socially. All children develop at different rates, but it is better to have concerns checked, than ‘wait and see’.

7. Practise Appropriate Social Skills.

It is important that your child has time to play with others, as through play they learn many important skills; skills such as sharing, turn taking, manners and problem solving.

8. How to Deal with Emotions.

It’s okay to have negative feelings (e.g. sad, angry, worried), but we need to teach children appropriate ways to calm down, such as deep breaths or walking away.

9. Have Rules and Consequences.

Make sure everyone knows the rules, why we have them, and what happens when they are ignored. Follow through with consequences, it’s more about the certainty, rather than the severity.

10. Be a Positive Role Model.

Be careful what you do and say in front of your child unless you mean it and/or want it repeated. You are their first and most important teacher, so teach them well.

Julie Dore is a teacher at St Gerard Majella School, Woree, speaker and author of Prepping for School Success