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Transition from preschool to primary school

A positive early childhood experience affects how a child functions, as they are growing up. It enhances their brain development with a positive experience. To give preschoolers an ease in transition, we need to ensure that children are equipped with good learning attitude and intrinsic motivation to learn. Encouraging the student to ask peers or teachers when in doubt in school is beneficial for the child’s growth. In primary school, children learn in larger groups, so with higher number of students, there is more distraction.

There will be a difference in preschool and primary school, in terms of the learning style and environment for the children. Research states that students prefer to learn with friends than sit alone to do work. Students also find that in primary school, there are a lot of routine task, following rules and doing work. They will need to seek balance between school work and play time.

While preparing to go into primary school, children are not the only one who will be affected. Parents’ involvement is important as well. Parents will need to accept that there will be many changes throughout this journey when their children are entering primary school and this could be stressful for the parents. As children are going to learn to be responsible for their own belongings, feelings, and even dealing with money, there might be many obstacles that both the children and parents can face.

The difference between preschool and primary school teachers is that preschool teachers may update the things going on throughout the day itself; however a primary school teacher’s primary responsibility is focusing on academic work. As time goes on, Primary 1 students will need to learn and cope with building a positive relationship and handling their own conflicts among friends.

Some ways to help your child cope with the transition would be to:

  • Ensure that your child is ready for school the next day e.g. textbooks are in bags, uniforms ready etc
  • Guide your child to communicate with his/her teachers or peers when he/she needs help
  • Allow your child to handle money
  • Opt for healthy food options
  • Go to the toilet independently
  • Guide on organising things
  • Form a routine

It will take time for your child and you to adapt with the transition. Setting time aside to understand your child’s progress, and cooperating with the teachers in his/her school, is essential in their education. Try your best to be present in your child’s education journey.

Useful Links:

https://www.youngparents.com.sg/education/how-to-prepare-your-child-for-primary-1
https://www.todayonline.com/voices/make-childrens-transition-primary-school-better
https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/1444/ready-for-school-how-parents-can-make-a-difference
https://www.livestrong.com/article/155828-importance-of-parent-involvement-in-early-childhood

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