Publish Date: September 27, 2022
One of the family’s most important decisions is when to send their child to school. This depends on the child and what the family needs. When you add the complications of a global pandemic, it’s no wonder that parents feel more uncertain than ever. So, how can parents tell if their child is ready for primary school? Here are ten major signs:
Your child can take care of themselves, others, and their things. School requires them to be more self-reliant and independent, so they must do things independently, like going to the bathroom alone and knowing when they’re hot or cold.
Your child can spend time away from parents and caregivers. When kids go to school, they will have to figure out how to get where they need to go with much less adult help.
Your child can communicate and start making friends. For a child to grow at school, they need to follow directions and understand what their teacher says. They must also use their growing language and social skills to connect with other students.
You can see that your child has physical confidence and is proud of who they are. Children need to feel good about their bodies as they learn to carry themselves and gain self-confidence.
Your child starts to be flexible and deal with change. This year, more than ever before, we’ve all seen how important it is to deal with change and have strong relationships.
Your child is resilient and sticks with things even when they are hard. Getting back on your feet after making a mistake or being let down is important for school and life.
They start to have the ability to solve problems. Friendships in school can be complicated, and your child needs to be able to handle disagreements and fights when they come up.
Your child starts doing things on their own, getting involved, and being open to trying new things. It can be challenging for them to get used to the new rules and routines and the changes in how people interact at school, but all it takes is a willingness to try it.
Your child is putting their needs into words. Can your child tell when and if they need to go to the bathroom? Are they able and willing to let you know what they need?
When your child can handle problem-solving and are interested in the world around them, does your child ask questions about how things work and why they are the way they are? These are signs that they are interested and could be ready for school.
Most importantly, it is essential to remember that school readiness is less about academic achievements and more about social and emotional preparedness. Remember that your child is unique, full of potential, and growing at their own pace. When your child is ready, going to school will be a happy and good experience.