Preparing A Child For Primary One (Non-academic)

Let me share some experiences with you on non-academic aspects:

  1. How to count money
  2. How to buy food
  3. How to be mindful of own properties (even with sticker labels, the items may never come back). Especially when they start to play, they will forget water bottle, wallet, lunchboxes and sometimes even part of their uniforms if they have a few pieces removable, eg pinafore, belt.
  4. For all payment made to school, always hand cheques to them instead of cash if they need to hand in to teacher, at least for Term 1.
  5. Teach them how to pack their own bag
  6. Cultivate habit to inform you automatically of all messages from school
  7. How to look out for bullies
  8. How to manage the bullies
  9. Know where the General Office is is important
  10. Don’t buy shoes too big that they cannot run properly during PE
  11. Don’t buy the std plastic covers to wrap textbooks, it will fall off or cut them and it certainly does not keep the books in mint condition so it defeats its purpose.
  12. Remind that they should try to go everywhere in 2s especially toilets
    1. toilets may not be their size cos it caters from P1-P6 so some of
      the taps not easy to push, a friend around can help, otherwise
      some get out without washing. Yucks!
    2. there may be adults cleaners inside there and nowadays, cleaners
      can be male or female. Going in 2s is safer in case of pedophiles.
  13. Caution them that the bookshop is only for buying essentials as I see
    many kids shopping in the bookshop during recess and skip meals to
    buy favourite toys or stationeries.
  14. Get an elastic attachment to the wallet to hang on the uniform. At this age, they can lose virtually anything.
  15. If the school does not issue a standard notebook, ensure that your child carries one to record all the important dates the teacher wants them to note.
  16. If a child has direction problem, advise the child to make a buddy in class to move around until familiar with the school compound as the primary school is at least 10 times the size of a preschool.
  17. Lastly, very important to note, remind them not to run but walk in the school compound….too many accidents have happened at the lower primary level and sometimes they lose their milk teeth in this way.

 Edit to add contribution from watmekiasu:

18. how to use the public telephone, esp if child attends CCA in the morning. I was caught

  out twice when CCA was cancelled suddenly

19. get them a wallet with coin compartment. Many of those wallets sold in the nightmarket

  altho nice-looking, have no coin compartment.

20.  I actually find the plastic-covers for books very useful. To prevent it from

  slipping off, cellotape the ends to the book.  

21.  buy a schoolbag in darker colours. Schoolkids are usually made to place (dump is

   more appropriate word if your see them in action) their bags on the floor

  during assembly. The floor is very diry. Bags, socks and shoes become

  stained with black marks easily.

22.  many kids carry similar bags eg SPI, Deutor etc. Differentiate yours with a ribbon,

  tag or something.

23. forget those heavy magnetic pencil cases. Adds a lot of weight to an already heavy

  school bag.

24. If using mechanical pencils (some teachers do not allow for P1’s), make sure

  they have a few ready to use ones. Nothing drives a teacher crazier than a child

  fiddling with one eg clicking repeatedly to get the new lead down etc. If using mechanical

   pencils, buy those that uses 0.7mm lead – less breakage.

Tips

Thanks for the writeup

Useful tips!

Hi ksi!

very useful tips.Thanks.

My daughter's school has

My daughter’s school has specifically stated ‘NO MECHANICAL PENCILS’. I’ve sharpened 4 pencils to put in her case, eraser, short ruler and glue.

This list is perfect for P1s and parents.

Preparing A Child For Primary One (Non-academic)

Indeed interesting. Shared with hubby and daughter and had a good laugh….Daughter added another ‘MUST KNOW’……cleaning buttock after passing motion….because there will not be anyone to do for her

Just in time, counting down

Just in time, counting down to p1! Nice read.

 

~ Mummy to Tiffany ’03, Elizabeth ’06 and Sean ’08
DD1, P1 next year!

 

thx to the tips. i didn't

thx to the tips. i didn’t prepare my boy 11yrs ago coz he’s street smart. but my girl who is P1 next year is too shy n timid. this summary really helps me n her too.

Preparing A Child For Primary One (Non-academic)

Tats a gd 1 smum. I will do the same for my son next yr. Txs.

Preparing A Child For Primary One (Non-academic)

Wow, very useful tips. Especially for me as a 1st time mum of a P1 child. Thanks for sharing.But  are there really bullies in primary school???

Wow, thanks for the

Wow, thanks for the Tips!

Hi, regarding the ‘how to look out for bullies; how to manage bullies’ portion, has tips to further elaborate these.

I personally find it very difficult to achieve these 2 pointers cos a parent will have no problem identifying, but to a child, it might not sound as easy.

good tips. thanks

good tips. thanks

Would like to add to your

Would like to add to your list :

 

– how to use the public telephone, esp if child attends CCA in the morning. I was caught

  out twice when CCA was cancelled suddenly

– get them a wallet with coin compartment. Many of those wallets sold in the nightmarket

  altho nice-looking, have no coin compartment.

– I actually find the plastic-covers for books very useful. To prevent it from

  slipping off, cellotape the ends to the book.  

– buy a schoolbag in darker colours. Schoolkids are usually made to place (dump is

   more appropriate word if your see them in action) their bags on the floor

  during assembly. The floor is very diry. Bags, socks and shoes become

  stained with black marks easily.

– many kids carry similar bags eg SPI, Deutor etc. Differentiate yours with a ribbon,

  tag or something.

– forget those heavy magnetic pencil cases. Adds a lot of weight to an already heavy

  school bag.

– If using mechanical pencils (some teachers do not allow for P1’s), make sure

  they have a few ready to use ones. Nothing drives a teacher crazier than a child

  fiddling with one eg clicking repeatedly to get the new lead down etc. If using mechanical

   pencils, buy those that uses 0.7mm lead – less breakage.

 

Thanks!

Thanks for adding to the list acforfamily.

Thanks GreenQ, smum and sha-sha, glad to know that we are all like-minded parents to think  that these are essential points for the P1 children to take note of.

Impressive tips!!!

All parents who are preparing their kids for P1 should read this. Teachers will then have less problems and anxiety when we face the new P1 s every year. Should  compile into a handbook and sell it to parents & schools. 

Good sharing. What I did

Good sharing. What I did was give my son 10 cents coin.  So that it is easier for him to buy food in canteen.  Once he is used to it, then I "upgrade" to 20 cents and so on.

Good tips. Very practical

Good tips. Very practical for P1 child. Now I have longer lists to prepare my kids for P1… Thanks for sharing, ks2me!

 These all sound so

 These all sound so familiar – totally agree!

To add, I also prepped my kid on

– what teachers expect of behaviour in primary school vs in kindergarten ( his K class was the fun type, where they could move around whenever they wanted).

– what to do during flag raising

 

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