Primary school is the first step that prepares children to take responsibilities and become an individual. Social relationship with peers, the level of education and other activities play a significant role in life for a long time. Therefore, skills and characteristics developed in primary school affect academic and social life afterwards.
Primary school is an environment that children spend the whole day, who are separated from family and home for the first time. Even if the child went to a kindergarten, primary school is a different experience since it means more responsibilities, more formal contact with adults and obviously less fun. It is not possible to attend plays and games anymore; instead of that they have to attend classes and fulfill the responsibilities that are assigned by teacher. Children also have to obey disciplinary rules in primary school and act according to a schedule. It is necessary to repeat classes at home and do homework in order to keep up with the schedule.
What skills do children need to have to start primary school?
Child’s success in primary school is mostly relevant with the skills gained in previous years. Those skills can be developed in kindergarten or at home. Every parent can come to a conclusion by observing the child carefully and objectively. However, if there is a difficulty to understand whether the child is ready for primary school or not, consulting to an expert is always a good idea.
What should parents pay attention before primary school?
- Ability to stay away from mother and home easily
- Ability to stay with another adult for a long time without feeling discomfort
- Being willing to learn
- Being able to listen, understand and practice teacher’s instructions.
- Ability to keep focus for a while (approx. half an hour)
- Ability to protect self in the breaks
- Ability to dress up fully without any help
- Ability to sit at the desk properly
- Understanding the importance of be patient
- Ability to wait in a line
- Patience for finishing a work
- Understanding of responsibilities
- Ability to cope with other children’s existence and interact with them properly
- Ability to express thoughts and opinions
- Ability to build positive peer relationships.
If your child have these skills, you can assume that he/she is ready for primary school. Additionally, you also have to pay attention to school, classmates and teachers. It is school’s responsibility to create a secure environment that children can feel safe and express themselves.