What can you do once your child has started school?
Starting school is daunting for both children and parents, once you have made the big decision to send your child to school, the question and options as to what you can do next are endless.
There are a number of things that you can do to make the transition to school easier for your child. The first would be to speak to their teacher or take up any volunteer opportunities with your child’s class so you can gain a good understanding of their first schooling experience. Whether they are struggling or not, there are endless activities that you can involve your child in to enhance their social, independence and learning skills.
To further develop their social and emotional skills, you can continue to arrange play dates with other children. Not only will this establish friendships for your child but it will also encourage sharing and taking turns with others. You can also develop your child’s emotional skills by helping them understand, express and manage their feelings. Simple things such as spending time with your child and encouraging them to describe what is happening or what they are feeling will play an important role in developing their emotional skills.
Encouraging your child to complete small tasks on their own such as dressing themselves, going to the toilet on their own or setting the kitchen table will create a sense of independence and make the transition to school an easier one. This sense of responsibility and independence will give them confidence in completing tasks on their own.
Perhaps a more complicated task is developing your child’s learning skills. However this can be achieved through simple tasks such as continuing to introduce your child to literacy and numeracy skills, encouraging your child to focus on an activity for an extended period of time and by encouraging a hands-on approach to learning.
There are a number of resources available online which makes these tasks simple to undertake. A great site is A Learning Place A Teaching Place which contains a number of resources directed at improving your child’s understanding of numeracy such as addition mental strategies and subtraction mental strategies. These are great for developing your child’s learning skills as resources such as the maths problem solving are catered for your child from kindergarten through to year six.
Which ever activity you decide to do, each one will go a long way in making the transition to school a lot more enjoyable for your child.