Is your child entering Primary 1 next year? Are you starting to feel stressed, anxious or worried about how your child will settle into the school environment? Will he/she make friends? Will he/she be able to learn well and enjoy a great start to their learning journey?
Entering Primary 1 can be a very exciting time for a child and the parents but it is also a time of great adjustment and transition. And a well-prepared child will look forward to school and settle in much more smoothly.
How then can parents make sure their child is well-prepared and ready to learn?
Besides the frantic shopping for textbooks, new uniforms, shoes, bag, stationery, water bottle, wallet… (and the list goes on); it is much more important to ensure our child is intellectually ready to learn in a classroom environment.
Here are some important intellectual (cognitive) skills that a child will need:
Focus and Attention
being able to listen well and pay attention, without being easily distracted
Effective Writing Skills
being able to copy and write neatly at an appropriate speed
Good Memory Capabilities
being able to remember what has been taught and messages/letters to bring home to mummy and daddy
Strong Sequencing Abilities
being able to follow teacher’s multiple instructions and directions
Having a strong groundwork in these intellectual skills is like a building with a strong foundation; and these skills will support our children in learning more effectively within and beyond the classroom.