Preparing for Primary 1 is a milestone in every parent and child’s life in Singapore. But beyond just making sure that your kid has the right academic foundations in English, maths and mother tongue, what are the other non-academic skills and traits your child needs to succeed in primary school?
Julia Teo, senior operations manager at Pat’s Schoolhouse, says: “Your child’s success in adapting to life in primary school boils down to how confident and ready he is to take on new experiences and meet new people. A kid who’s socially and emotionally stable will know how to interact appropriately with his peers as well as the adults at school.”
She shares these tips on preparing for Primary 1:
Encourage him to be independent, such as taking responsibility for small purchases at the supermarket or getting involved in chores. These help him build self-reliance and responsibility.
Teach him to make choices and be actively involved in planning activities for the day. Give him a range of acceptable options to choose from – what he wears, what fruit he wants for snack time, which book he wants to read. Such decision-making helps him learn to pace himself and plan his schedules appropriately.
Reflect on his behaviour Some children (and parents!) worry about being reprimanded by teachers or the principal at school. Get him to learn to reflect on his behaviour, also known as inductive rationale.
One way to do this is by using statements such as: “Everyone in class wants to hear what the teacher is saying, so that they can learn. If you keep talking loudly while the teacher is teaching, the other children cannot pay attention to the lesson.” –