SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ARE HERE WHICH MEANS IT’S ONLY A HOP, SKIP AND A JUMP UNTIL THE 2017 INTAKE OF EXCITED PREPPIES WAVE THEIR MUMS GOODBYE AT THE SCHOOL GATE. IS YOUR FAMILY READY?
big world (or schoolyard) with little more than a shiny new lunchbox and oversized hat. Days spent cruising in shopping trolleys and napping to the melodic voices of Playschool will soon be replaced with reading, writing and new routines, begging the question: are they ready? The teaching crew at King’s Christian College understand the stress of starting Prep and the apprehension all parents feel about school readiness. Their goal is to team up with parents to give every King’s kid the best start. “Our aim is to complement the role of parents by providing a school environment that is safe, considerate and encouraging,” says Principal Rees Davis. “It is our experience that when this is achieved, success will automatically follow.” King’s Christian College has compiled a handy list of ‘30 things your child needs to know before • Can they follow two-part directions? • Do they speak clearly – are they understood by
others and able to ask for help? • Do they listen with understanding? • Do they use language to ask questions and
communicate their thoughts and ideas? • Do they show interest in stories and enjoys being read to? It’s of utmost importance to encourage them to read. While pre-schoolers won’t actually be reading, they pretend to and memorise or repeat words they have heard and read. Use these school holidays to get reading. • Does your child use scribbles, shapes or pictures
to write words or ideas? • Can they take on pretend roles? Having them ‘help’ with cooking and shopping will also help with problem solving. • Can they balance on one foot? • Can they climb? • Can they complete a puzzle? • Can they hold scissors correctly? Give them opportunities to cut out magazines or shapes (with blunt scissors, of course) over the holidays • letters)? • Can they copy vertical lines, horizontal lines,
circles, crosses, squares, triangles? • Can they catch a ball? Put down the iPad and
toss a ball outside these holidays. • Can they stack blocks
Words: Anastasia White
to help prepare your child – and yourself! – for the next big step. They recommend working on these skills in fun and creative ways to make sure your little one feels ready; easing your anxiety and ensuring your child gets the most out of prep. Hurrah!