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?

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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!

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