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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28-01-2016 15:34 #1
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28-01-2016 15:44 #2
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.
28-01-2016 15:50 #3
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28-01-2016 15:52 #4
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.
28-01-2016 15:57 #5
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!)
28-01-2016 16:31 #6
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.
28-01-2016 17:09 #7
28-01-2016 19:08 #8Senior Member
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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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