After the fun of the holidays comes the first day of term. Some children will be excited to rejoin their peers in the classroom, while others might need a little help readjusting to the school routine. Either way, here are some tips you can try to prepare your Lower Primary child for the new school year ahead.
Gradually adapt their routine
If the usual routine has been put on pause for the holiday period, now’s the time to start moving towards a more structured schedule. Dial back late nights and leisurely starts to ease children back into the demands of the school day. Consider planning meals and any reading or TV sessions around school timings.
Nurture your child’s love of reading
Set aside some quiet time for reading each day to build consistent learning practice into their routine. If they are reluctant readers, let them choose books or comics that reflect their interests, and ask them questions as you turn the pages. Keep sessions short and sweet to foster enjoyment.
Encourage independent learning
Enable your child to take an active role in their learning. Whether by setting small goals and rewarding improvements, or by resisting the temptation to step in too soon when they are grappling with new skills, you can start to develop their independence so that they are ready for future challenges.
Get to know your child’s curriculum
Familiarise yourself with what your child is expected to learn this term, and think about any areas where they may benefit from additional support. You may wish to begin exploring new topics at home so they have some prior knowledge when they start school.
Build their social skills
Especially if you’ve been travelling or relaxing as a family at home, arranging playdates will help your child reconnect with their school friends. For those making the transition to Primary 1, this is a good time to develop their social and emotional skills so that they feel happy and confident participating in group activities.
Have fun getting organised
One sure way to generate some excitement is by organising their school bag. Allow your child to pick out some of their own school supplies and set out what they will be wearing on their first day back.
Consider an English enrichment class for primary
If you are nervous about the transition to the next learning stage or you feel your child lacks confidence in certain areas, now might be the time to think about extra tuition. English enrichment classes will focus on communication skills as well as helping with a range of subjects taught in English. Aside from complementing their academic education, they can teach many valuable life skills, from creativity to teamwork.
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Developed by our team of English experts, our Primary Plus courses will spark your child’s imagination, so they can express themselves with confidence that goes beyond their English language skills.
Your child will also develop leadership, collaboration, and critical thinking skills in a relaxed environment where they can be themselves and do independent study on the Learning Hub before and after class.
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