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    Default Spin off: Starting Primary School

    I don't want to take the other thread about school starting on a tangent but I want to know from parents and teachers, what social skills and academic skills should a child have upon starting primary school (by this I mean reception / prep / the year before year 1 when they are there 5 days a week - it seems different by state).

    Ie what should a child be able to do, count to a certain number? Recognise all letters of the alphabet? Write their own name, get dropped off each day and be happy to be there / not cry each morning they're dropped off? Sit down and listen when told to? All of the above, none of the above, anything else?

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    I have no idea. Subbing as dd1 starts on Monday.

    Far as I knew they need to be able to toilet themselves, listen& follow to instructions, recognize their name, write their name, sit down for extended periods of time, take turns, pack/unpack bags, eat food/put food away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    I have no idea. Subbing as dd1 starts on Monday.

    Far as I knew they need to be able to toilet themselves, listen& follow to instructions, recognize their name, write their name, sit down for extended periods of time, take turns, pack/unpack bags, eat food/put food away.
    All of this seems to be all that my eldest 3 had to know for prep/reception. If they knew letters and numbers well that's a bonus but they will be taught it all this year.

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    As for the crying and not happy to be there, many teachers are used to that kind of things and it sometimes can't be avoided. DD2 cried every morning when I dropped her off for the first few weeks, her teacher was amazing and had clearly dealt with it many times.

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    Default Spin off: Starting Primary School

    DS started school yesterday! He had a 20 minute "interview" last year which was to see if be was "ready" where they asked him to:

    Count to 20
    Write his name
    Identify colours and shapes
    Identify letters of the alphabet
    Perform simple tasks - they asked him to sort some blocks , put pencils away, put things in the bin ( I'm assuming this was to see how he took instructions!)

    She said at the end he's definitely ready for school!

    At his pre school last year they said they had to teach them to at least :
    Count to 20
    Write their name
    Recognise the letters of the alphabet
    Go to the toilet by themselves
    Take basic instructions

    So far at day 2 of big school he's loving it! There are 19 kids in his class and no one cried and they all seemed quite confident ( so far!)

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    It's not so much what they know/have already been taught,but their readiness to be able to learn/ their 'pliability' for learning I guess. They need to be able to concentrate, follow instructions, complete tasks independently (such as putting on a jumper at recess when cold,or getting a tissue, blowing their nose, & putting it in the bin). Specifics such as letters and numbers really dont matter in my opinion - it is if they are ready to be able to learn things like letters and numbers etc in the classroom environment. 'Readiness' isnt often something to be taught and coached at home - it comes with age and maturity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    It's not so much what they know/have already been taught,but their readiness to be able to learn/ their 'pliability' for learning I guess. They need to be able to concentrate, follow instructions, complete tasks independently (such as putting on a jumper at recess when cold,or getting a tissue, blowing their nose, & putting it in the bin). Specifics such as letters and numbers really dont matter in my opinion - it is if they are ready to be able to learn things like letters and numbers etc in the classroom environment. 'Readiness' isnt often something to be taught and coached at home - it comes with age and maturity.
    Do you think they need to be showing they can almost do these things in kindy the year before, or can they pick up most of those things in a year if they're in a structured kindy that prepares them for reception the year after?

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    A-Squared I think they pick these things up mainly in the kindy/preschool year. MyDS1 probably didn't recognise all the letters of the alphabet when he started school, and he did 2 years of kindy, but he certainly did by the end of prep. You will be amazed at how much stuff they pick up in kindy and then even more so when they start school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBug'sMum View Post
    A-Squared I think they pick these things up mainly in the kindy/preschool year. MyDS1 probably didn't recognise all the letters of the alphabet when he started school, and he did 2 years of kindy, but he certainly did by the end of prep. You will be amazed at how much stuff they pick up in kindy and then even more so when they start school.
    My DD is definitely intelligent enough to start this year (can count to 100 knows the alphabet, knows all her colours and can differentiate between light and dark colours, knows so many shapes including hexagons, pentagons and octagons, can spell her name and recognise it when it's written), but it's more the not holding a pen properly or drawing anything more than lines and scribbles and inability to focus on something and trying something she doesn't know how to do. Whenever you encourage her to she cries and gets frustrated before even trying.

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