School Readiness
School Readiness

Temper tantrums can be a parent’s nightmare, therefore behaviour management is a
major part of preschool learning. We noticed the change in our children; it was lovely to see them consider their actions before they displayed their disagreement with requests for bedtime!

In preschool, children learn how to become students. They learn patience; they take
turns, and how to raise their hands. No longer fighting to share the teacher's attention. We all have routines in life, children soon understand that their daily routines have now begun.

The “why, why, why?” questions soon become, “when, now?”

At preschool they find out there is life away from their parents. How will you feel the
first time you hear, “Do I have to? I want to play with my friends.”

Another change you’ll notice, they follow directions. Helping children to find answers
through experimentation, exploration, and frequently questions. Sometimes too
frequent!

By promoting language and cognitive skills you’ll be amazed by what they pick up
from friends. You will have noticed that your child has picked up words or phrases from watching cartoons? How much better to learn or copy from a structured classroom?

Children’s language skills are boosted in a 'word-rich' environment. In a classroom
setting, every moment at school can enrich the child’s vocabulary, even snack time, yes, you would be surprised how much can be passed on during fun time. Back at their desk the teacher asks thought provoking question, where children search for the correct word in their answers.

Don’t forget singing, the repetition of calling out exciting words fixes them in the child’s mind. If a child enjoys a book, again the words used can stick.

Another important part of early learning is the use of numbers. Preschool maths is fun, remember the number song when you were at school?

They teach children both numbers and letters, but it is the way we teach them, through fun, humour is so important at that age, children sing an alphabet song all the while following the pictures in an illustrated book. They learn chants, which help them remember the distinct sounds.

We all love reading stories to the little ones, don’t we? And we thrive in the joy in their faces. Teachers have more than pleasure in mind when they read stories to children, they want to encourage expressive language, listening, and comprehension
skills. Schools introduce new and exciting games. Sorting games, picture and counting games which build children’s understanding of figures, shapes, and sequences.

Confidence grows with success in finishing puzzles this encourages children to notice their problem solving skills improving. The way children learn best is through activities, the more enjoyment the boys and girls get the more they remember. We mentioned earlier, stories and songs, choose a school that packs the time with such well-rounded activities. Don’t forget there are no exams to work towards at this age, get your child exploring and questioning, all they see, hear and yes, feel. The tasks must be interesting.

With knowledge, comes self-confidence. Imagine the thrill to know you can put on your shoes, do button up your buttons, you can wash your face AND go to the toilet on your own. In pre-school, children learn they can do all these things and much more. Learning new skills helps builds confidence.

An early childhood education provides children with cognitive, behavioural and social
skills difficult to learn at home. It is far better for teachers who will find it easier to teach a child who has a positive attitude toward learning, possesses a strong preschool education background in speaking, listening and comprehension. They also understand time management.