Children starting school – A complete guide for first-time school parents

School is a big step for kids. A child needs your support for this transition. But as first-time school parent, we know you have your concerns and questions. These questions include “Am I ready to send them off to school?” and “Have I prepared my children for their formal academic encounter and social interaction with others?” 

All children deserve the best possible start to their school journey. School Readiness ensures your kids’ transition to school goes successfully. Read on to find out more about school readiness.

What is “School Readiness?”

Most parents would think that School Readiness shapes how well a child can read, write and do math before school starts. School readiness forms the overall development of a child from social and emotional skills to cognitive skills. 

Starting school can leave a child excited but anxious at the same time. Kids can adapt more easily to a new environment with the help of a school readiness program.

The importance of preparing your kids before school

Aside from the home, schooling has a huge impact on the growth and development of a child. Their experience in school will affect how they live their lives and how they contribute to their own communities in the future.

Research shows that kids who are developmentally ready have better:

  • Physical health and wellbeing
  • Social competence
  • Graduate highschool and attend college
  • Emotional maturity
  • Language and cognition
  • Communication and knowledge

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Making a smooth transition to school & formal learning

When your child starts school, it’s a big change in your family life. It’s normal if you feel a little worried or sad too! To create a joyful family life and build a positive connection between parents and children, we have developed the School Readiness Program and the Parent Readiness Handbook. We teamed up with parents alike, kindergarten teachers, and even the Early Years Learning framework to create the program and give your kids the boost they need for formal education. 

In this program, you will be involved as a co-educator. You’ll be able to monitor and assist your kids with their needs and difficulties. This helps you bond with your kid more by being involved in their overall developmental progress. 

You may be wondering what the program involves. This program will help you and your child with their academics. Here’s the breakdown:

Preparing psychologically

Preparing yourself psychologically entails preparing you as a co-educator of your child, such as researching beforehand and learning the necessary skills that your child needs to succeed in the classroom. Encourage writing and tactical activities to develop their fine motor skills. Encouraging alternative ways of learning, such as first-hand experience and learning through play. Becoming actively involved in their academics and interacting with educators. 

Separation anxiety isn’t only experienced by your child. As a parent, you also feel the need to help and be with your kids, continually letting go as a parent is something you need to accomplish. Some parents don’t realize how difficult it is to watch their children slowly become independent until they actually experience it. Starting now, you need to practice and discover the activities and actions you need to do to begin to let go of your kids. The program involves this too!

Your parenting style also affects your children, especially now. Now that your kids are at the age where they need to go to school you need to reflect on how you raised them and whether they are ready to go out and interact with the rest of society. Your child’s first and primary influence is you! Whether it be your habits, personality, culture, beliefs, and advice, you’ve demonstrated the attributes you’ve shown them become their example. Would you say they’re good or bad habits? What type of parenting style have you applied to them?

Every child is unique. Whether it would be with their style and talents or methods of learning your child is unique. By understanding their differences (and not comparing them with other children) you and your child will overcome the hardships and celebrate the achievements together. This cannot be stressed enough, but all children develop and learn at their own pace. By encouraging their uniqueness, you promote their individuality.

How to prepare logically

This is where practicality comes into play. When starting school for the first time, all the psychological aspects aside, you HAVE to understand the following:

  • How to choose the right school for your child: whether it involves distance or systems.
  • Financial Aspects: Something to be heavily considered for selecting the right school
  • Enrollment: Depending on the school they offer different types
  • Early Entry: Some children develop skills at an early age and are granted early education.
  • School uniforms: Granted that one of your school prospects even have a uniform.
  • Lunches: Whether it be the food at school or the food packed for them, as well as the necessary quantity.
  • Homework: how hefty and relevant the amount of work your young kids need to do at home.
  • Unspoken protocols: these are the unspoken rules that you may not know about as a first-time parent at that school.
  • How to prepare your kid for school: Practicing the school routine or even teaching them the necessary personal care skills they need.

Consider these factors before sending your child to school to make sure their transition goes smoothly.

Be the best prepared you can be

Experiencing the first day is something they will anticipate but will still come as a surprise to them. All you can do to help them is ease them of their anxiousness and prepare them for the big day, by bringing them to school and helping them get accustomed to the environment or even by preparing them for everyday experiences for the rest of their school lives. 

Ready Steady Group also has diagrams and checklists that are interactive so that your children can learn the process of getting ready for school checklists, morning routines, afternoon routines, countdown calendars, and many more! Getting ready for school is fundamental for their experience.

Give your child the best start for school, get the Ready Steady Group program. This program isn’t only for your kids. It’s for you too! In this program, you will gain the confidence and peace of mind that your child is on the right path and given the very best for their school journey and the rest of their lives. 

How do you get your kids ready for school? Let us know in the comments below.

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