Transcript of A strong start to school
Narrator – Starting school is a much anticipated next step on your child's educational journey. It can be exciting and stressful at the same time. You can support your child's feelings towards starting school by engaging in positive conversations with your child about what school might be like, what they are excited about, worried about, and what they might miss about preschool or being at home.
Strategies you could use to ease your child's possible anxieties are:
- Encourage your child to ask questions and think about what might be the same and what might be different.
- Talk about their new routines, what it will be like, who they will interact with, and how they will be supported throughout their transition.
- Encourage your child to ask a new friend their name and some things about them.
- Talk about being supported by older children at school such as Buddy programs.
- Exciting them about how they will learn more about their favourite topics.
- Reassuring them that what they learn at school will be building on what they already know.
Remember that the learning that your child is experiencing at home and preschool is also helping them with their transition to school.
Everyday skills like putting on their shoes, filling up their drink bottle, packing their lunch, and finding their belongings are just as important as more formal learning when children are getting ready to start school.
The more opportunities you can give your child to practice their independence and self-help skills, the more confident they will be in doing these things when they start school which will put them in a much better position for learning at school.
If this is your first child's transition to school and you aren't sure what to expect or how to help your child speak to your child's preschool teacher or contact the school for advice.
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