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Is your child ready for school?

Children are natural and intuitive learners and you are their first teacher. Parents often think that their child has to have specific skills in order to be 'ready' like abc’s and 123's but really, when they start school they should be ready to learn those things. If children can go to school with social, emotional and self-help skills they will be ready to learn.  That’s where you come in.

When a child arrives at school they follow a routine—they take off their jacket and hang it up, change their shoes and probably sit down for circle time. It may not seem like much to us, but a lot has happened in those first few moments of school.

In those first few minutes your child will use their visual recognition skills to find their space—they recognized their name or part of it, they remembered their hook because it is near the door or saw their picture in their spot.  The foundation for this success was laid through play when you talked about letters and symbols, when you pointed out landmarks on a walk and helped them be self-aware by looking in the mirror together.

When your child takes off their jacket they used their fine motor skills and eye hand coordination to undo the zipper or buttons. Those small muscles got stronger because you encouraged them to play with playdough and use crayons and be creative.

Changing shoes needs core strength, coordination, gross motor skills and sometimes asking for help. Your child developed these skills by running and jumping in the park and maybe by coming to Gym Time.  As their strength and confidence grew, they tried more things and when they fell, you comforted them and encouraged them to try again.

After the work of shoes and coat, your child will sit down and join the group. They know how to do this because you sat together to read stories. When you brought them to the centre they learned to interact with other children and work together as a group. Conversations with your child taught them that people take turns.

You have given your child these skills (and so many more) so they will be ready for school. Teachers can spend more time on the ABC’s and 123’s because of your effort. Great job, you’ve got this!