Entering Primary 1 is a very exciting time for a child and the parents but it is also a time of great adjustment and transition. Being well prepared and ready for school would make a great start to the exciting learning journey ahead.
How then can parents make sure their child is well-prepared and ready for learning at the next level?
Personally, having seen 3 cohorts (that makes about 600 + of them) of children transitioning from Kindergarten to Primary and having the privilege to assess each of them on their readiness for school has given us one very important insight – school readiness is more than and beyond just the academics.
We need to look at readiness in the following aspects:
(i) Cognitive Readiness Does the child have skills for learning, such as the ability to pay attention without being distracted or see details and note similarities and differences?
(ii) Physical / Motor Readiness Does the child have good control over his/her physical self in areas such as balance, coordination, directionality?
(iii) Social Readiness Does the child have the ability to handle social situations with skills such as taking turns, sharing teachers’ time, following instructions, making friends
Beyond their ABCs and 123s, we have found that readiness in the above areas also play an important role in the transition to Primary 1.