Starting Prep can be both an exciting but traumatic experience for students and parents. While some children are more than ready to throw themselves into a new environment and learn new skills and make new friends, others can be reluctant to separate from their parents and can find the new Prep environment overwhelming and challenging. The following information is designed to help make a smooth transition from organised care or home and into the Prep classroom. The skills have been broken into smaller sections so you can see which areas your child may need to focus on.
Children commencing Prep should be:
Children commencing Prep should:
Fine motor muscles are very important to children. These muscles help to control the thumb and pointer finger. Children with good fine motor muscles will be able to write neatly, cut on the lines and colour in. If you notice that your child is lacking in these areas, you can do any of the following activities to help strengthen their muscles.
Remember to always keep the learning fun. Anything can be turned into a game or a song! Read lots of books with your child and always count anything you can find. Take advantage of trips in the car to play “I spy” or “Spoto”. Talk about the traffic signs you see and what they mean. You could even ask your child to tell you what speed you are allowed to do when you pass a speed sign. There are endless opportunities to learn incidentally with your child. Take advantage of them all and help your child to start Prep with a basic knowledge and understanding of the world around them.