This is the second article in a series on school readiness from Ms Shvetsoff. The first article, which provides insight into the big question of, “Is my child ready for school?” can be viewed here: https://www.smgs.nsw.edu.au/2019/08/21/what-is-school-readiness/
How can you tell if your child has problems with school readiness?
Sometimes it is difficult for a parent to determine whether their child is school-ready or not, especially if there are no older siblings to compare them to. This is when a transition-to-school program is most useful, as you will receive direct feedback from teachers who have observed your child over the five or six-week duration of the transition program.
If your child is not yet school-ready, some observed indicators may be:
- A display of frustration when simple expectations are placed upon them
- Unable to consistently follow instructions for daily activities
- Rely on parents to do self-care tasks such as getting dressed
- Not toilet trained during the day
- Unable to attend to tasks for the same duration as their peers
- Display socially immature behaviour such as not sharing or not coping with the rules of a game in play
- Have difficulties accepting or understanding the consequences of their behaviour
- Display poor receptive and/or expressive language
- Not interested in books or sit-down activities
- Display poor interaction with peers
- Have limited play skills – unable to change the game or incorporate new people or toys into the game
- Resistant to accepting input from others in order to learn.
What problems can occur when a child has difficulties with school readiness?
Quite often, when a child displays difficulty with school readiness activities, they will also display associated difficulties with the following:
- Self-regulation – this is the ability to maintain and change one’s emotion, behaviour and attention towards a task in a manner that observes appropriate social cues
- Receptive language – understanding language
- Expressive language – the use of language through speech or sign to communicate needs, wants, thoughts and ideas
- Executive functioning – higher-order reasoning and thinking skills, processing instructions
- Emotional regulation – the ability to perceive, understand and control one’s emotion
- Social skills – interaction with others, compromising with others and recognising and following social cues
- Self-care – independent dressing and toileting
- Gross motor skills – whole-body physical skills using core strength and muscles in activities such as running, jumping, skipping, as well as ball skills
- Fine motor skills – finger and hand skills such as pencil grip, writing, cutting, opening lunchboxes, threading beads.
Observe your child and assess whether there are areas in which they require support and do not be alarmed, as this is a developmental process for your child. Allow a good six months to engage your child in activities that will assist in the development of school readiness skills.
This term, I will be sharing articles to support your child’s readiness for school.
In my next article, I will discuss how to improve school readiness skills.
SMGS will also be hosting two events in Term 4 that are centred around school readiness. You are invited to:
Wednesday 23rdOctober – Kindergarten Information Evening.
Starting or considering kindergarten in 2020? Then come along to our Kindergarten Information Evening on Wednesday, 23rd October at 6:00 pm.
This evening is open to all enrolled SMGS Kindergarten 2020 families, families considering SMGS Kindergarten in 2020 and all those interested in our Kindergarten program within the community.
The evening will include a discussion on school readiness, an overview of Let’s Explore and what to expect in your child’s first term at school.
We hope to see you there!
Friday 25thOctober – Let’s Explore – SMGS’ Kindergarten orientation program.
Let’s Explore Kindergarten transition to school program consists of one session held over five Fridays. This allows your child to experience different components of a regular school day and explore all areas of school readiness in a hands-on interactive way. Children will engage in learning activities, gross and fine motor practise and social interaction with peers. The focus will be on introducing children to our daily routine in order to familiarise them with our environment and the expectations of school life. We would like children to complete our program with increased confidence and be excited to start their school journey.
Please register for further details, mark these dates on your calendar and register your attendance.