• Iris Windsor

Are we ready for school yet?

Updated: Aug 2



The month of August is here! Just 6 months to the commencement of the Class of 2022. At Dragonfly's Early Learning at Coolum Beach, we are already thinking ahead and looking to work on school readiness and just how much more we have to do to make our Kindy children ready for the big school


Going to school is a very exciting time for them and a big step into a new world, but in order for them to have a great experience, we need to plan ahead for this great event. Now is the time to be thinking about how to make them ready.


Is your little one ready for 5 days a week at school?


What is school readiness?


School readiness refers to whether a child is ready to make an easy and successful transition into school. The term ‘preschool readiness’ might be used in the same manner in reference to beginning preschool (Kindergarten). School readiness can be actively facilitated with a little forward planning to ensure that children regularly participate in activities that develop the appropriate skills required to help optimal learning when they start school.


While many people think of academics (e.g. writing their name, counting to 10, knowing the colors) as the important school readiness skills, school readiness actually refers to a much broader range of skills. In addition to some academic basics, school readiness skills also include self-care (independent toileting and opening lunch boxes), attention and concentration, physical skills (e.g. having the endurance to sit upright for an entire school day), emotional regulation, language skills, and play and social skills.


Five areas to consider for school readiness:

  1. Academic

  2. Emotional

  3. Social

  4. Physical

  5. Independence

Why school readiness skills are important.

The development of school readiness skills allows school teachers to expand and further develop a child’s skills in the specific areas of social interaction, play, language, emotional development, physical skills, literacy, and fine motor skills.


Without these basic skills already established upon entry to school, children can very quickly find themselves playing ‘catch up’ compared to their peers that are advancing more quickly. Students that begin school with the building block (or foundation) skills in place advance quickly as opposed to those who start school only to then begin the slow process of developing school readiness.


Now is the time to have a discussion with your child's Kindy Teacher. If your child isn't in a formal learning program, it is not too late to enroll them for the balance of 2021. Places are available now at Dragonfly's Early Learning to get your little one into Kindy for 5 days. It is a good idea to touch base now to get your little one into Kindy for a period of time to prepare them for their transition to school

This information has been taken from "Kid Sense". This site has a very good article that is worth reading. Please use the following link

https://www.childdevelopment.com.au/areas-of-concern/school-readiness/


To learn more about us at Dragonfly's Early Learning at Coolum Beach, go to:

https://www.dragonflys.com.au/contact-us/

Or Call us on 07 5471 6500 to talk to us or to make a booking. We would love to hear from you

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