Your 12-step checklist
Encourage your child to talk about his perceptions, feelings and concerns about going to school. A psychologist from the National University Hospital runs through her checklist of the 12 most important things you must do.Related:12 things you must do to prepare your child for Primary 1(Click on arrows in photos for more tips.)
Avoid these common mistakes
Just because your kid can do Primary 1 worksheets does not mean that he’s completely ready for all the changes. Here, the NUH psychologist points out 2 common mistakes that parents make when trying to prepare their child for Primary 1.Related:The 2 biggest mistakes parents make when preparing their child for Primary 1
What is expected of your child?
What is expected of Primary 1 when they start Primary 1? Here, enrichment experts detail the basic foundation your child should have in English and maths.Related:How to improve child’s Chinese? This mum started Speak Mandarin Campaign at home
Real-life learning, not rote learning
There’s now more emphasis on real-life learning, so don’t be surprised if some subjects have no textbooks. Find out more here.Related:What to expect in primary school: no English textbooks, more real life learning
Dealing with separation anxiety
The first days of school can be unnerving for a young child – so many kids, so many rules, such long school hours. Here’s how you can help her cope with separation anxiety.Related: First day of school: separation anxiety in Primary 1
Use the MOE activity book together
Primary 1 isn’t just a big transition for your little one – it affects you, too, as a parent. To help you both through this, the Ministry of Education gives out a handbook that you can do together. Here, Young Parents gives our verdict on the resource.Related: Getting ready for Primary 1: review of MOE’s activity book for parents
Spelling and ting xie - again?!
The weekly spelling tests in English and Mother Tongue can be a chore for your little one. Help her get used to it with these tips from parents.If she does well during home practice but blanks out during the actual test, try these tips.Related:My child can’t remember during spelling tests – is this normal?
If your kid hates Primary 1
Some kids find it harder to adjust to all the changes in Primary 1, no matter how hard you try.Instead of scolding your kid, try these expert strategies instead. Related:My Primary 1 child doesn't want to go to school
Your kid will be affected by PSLE changes
Your child will be the second cohort affected by the revamped PSLE scoring system, which starts in 2021. Find out more about it here.Related:PSLE changes will affect kids now in Primary 1
Tips from a former principal
We’ve saved the best for last. A former veteran school principal, whose own grandson starts Primary 1 in 2017, shares her best tips.Related:A former principal’s best advice on how to prepare your child for Primary 1