For some parents, the fact that their children are going to be starting primary one is a big deal. This school is selected while considering different factors and aspects to schools that have to be carefully analyzed before taking a concrete decision. While some would imagine that a child going into primary one should have necessary set of skills trained for when they actually start, some parents would only consider basing the level of a child’s skill to only the academic side, without even considering any other aspects. Given below are different areas in which a child should be well rehearsed in before going into primary one.
During the early stages when your child was sent to either preschool or kindergarten there were teachers and caregivers to take care of them and were always at their beck and call. Taking the little ones to the washrooms if necessary, cleaning them up and making sure their hands were all clean and tidy when they left the washrooms, and before they had any of their snacks. When moving to primary one, the little ones will not be treated this way and they will have to learn to do certain things on their own. Therefore it is important to teach your children the basics, like washing hands before eating and the process of buying food at a canteen will be rather helpful.
One thing that will not be taught in a p1 preparatory class in Singapore is how to dress oneself. It is rather important for little children to know how to dress themselves, even if it meant merely putting on a pair of socks and shoes. While this is necessary there are some schools that actually require children to change into a totally different outfits for their physical education period, that require all students to know how to efficiently dress themselves without falling drastically behind.
The link between money and food
Teaching children about the importance of money and how it works, should be done at an early stage by you yourself as a parent, because no p1 preparatory class will help with this aspect. Teaching children about money, and the value of it will help them grow into fine individuals, while helping them individually succeed in ordering and buying food using money you’ve provided them with, during the course of their study when they start primary one.
While children were at preschool or reliable kindergarten, everything was readily provided to them. Whether it was food, or help with washroom breaks or even the provision of stationery. Once a child starts primary one, they have to handle things all on their own and be a bit more responsible minded. Now students have to bring in their own stationery and take care of them. The first few days there will be instances where almost all the pencils and erasers will be lost, but gradually once days go by they will soon be independent and start doing their things alone.
Small children pick up on things quickly, and by providing them with the necessary positive routines of day to day activities, and small things like washing hands and saying thank you will be caught on rather quickly.