Where we live, children start going to school at the age of 6, and that is when they start to learn how to read and write.
When my daughter turned 6, everybody (me included), started to talk about it!
I was so excited about this new milestone in her life, that I forgot the essential, explain the whole process. The result? When she returned home from her first day at school, she was so disappointed, why? She thought she was going to learn how to read and write on that day! Of course, only then I realized that I had to make a plan to prepare my sweet child to school.
So, here are some tips that helped me to get everything back on track! I hope it will make this process easier for you.
1. Learning is an ongoing process
It is important to explain to our children that their lives are going to change, for the better, that they are going to school every day of the week, and they are going to learn step-by-step how to read and write. It is a process, it takes time, but it is so worth it.
Although they already know from kinder garden, when it is time to play and when it is time to sit down, be quiet, it is important for them to create this habit, so that they are able to behave properly, to be focused and get better learning results.
3. Study habit
It’s very important to create study habits. You are creating your children’s minds into a very important living habit. Throughout their student’s lives, they will already have that mindset, that habit that will re-enforce what they learned during that they, and it will make their life so much easier.
4. Adjust weekly schedules
My daughter was having 3 swimming lessons per week before school started. Her school started at 8.30 a.m. and finished at 3:30 p.m. With homework that she had every day, the swimming lessons were no longer bringing her joy. She was tired. So, we change the swimming lessons for the weekend and it worked! The extra school activities are very important in our children’s lives, but it can be overwhelming sometimes. We just have to re-adjust
5. Constant positive re-enforcement
This is very important. Giving school, the whole learning process a positive experience. Showing them the importance of knowledge, the impact on their daily lives, and where it can take them.
I hope these tips helped you.
Thank you for meeting me halfway.