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Preparing for School
Beginning school is one of the most important milestones in the life of a child. There are many things parents can do to help ensure that children are well prepared to start school.
· Talk with children and ask questions, listen carefully to their answers and encourage children to ask why.
· Read to children every day. Join the library.
· Teach them songs and nursery rhymes.
· Expose children to a variety of activities, encourage their natural curiosity eg making a walk in the park a nature adventure
· Give children pencils and crayons and a supply of paper to draw and write on, and always praise their efforts
· Give children opportunities to mix with other children, so they can learn to make friends and to take turns and share.
· Early childhood education is important
· Make sure your child has their B4School check around the age of 4 to identify any health concerns or problems with development, behaviour, hearing or vision.
· Visit the school to become familiar with the teacher and class before starting
Before starting school it is helpful if children can
· Go to the toilet and wash their hands
· Manage their clothes including getting shoes on and off
· Be able to manage lunch and know which food is for playtime and which for lunch
· Ask for things they need
· Be comfortable being away from their parent/ caregiver
· Be able to take turns
It is helpful if children know
· How to hold a book, how to turn the pages carefully
· How to write their name
· The names of colours, and how to count 1-9
· How to recognise the letters of the alphabet
· How to use a pencil
· How to use scissors
· Ministry of Education: http://www.minedu.govt.nz/Parents/EarlyYears/MovingOnToSchool.aspx
· www.theparentingplace.com: hot tips: Getting ready for school provides useful tips for parents on managing the transition to school.