HELPING YOUR DAUGHTER’S TRANSITION TO “BIG SCHOOL”
Praise her efforts at every opportunity.
Listen to her and encourage her.
Talk to her to help her develop her vocabulary and her communication skills.
Read! Read! Read! Read to her and read with her from as young as possible, all the way up through primary school….and beyond! It is one of the most valuable things you can do for and with your daughter. Discuss what you read.
Encourage her to take turns.
Help her to become independent.
Teach her nursery rhymes and songs.
Let her help at home in simple ways.
Give her the opportunity to practise cutting with child-friendly scissors.
Remember your attitude to school will influence your child’s attitude.
Make sure she knows:
Good hygiene (handwashing, coughing/sneezing etiquette and how to observe physical distancing).
Her full name and address.
How to put on, button/zip and hang up her jacket.
How to tie and untie her shoes.
How to open/close her lunchbox and drinks and put them away.
When she is doing homework, find her a quiet place close to you.
Show an interest in her homework and, when she begins to use one, sign her homework diary every night.
Avoid comparing her to others. Remember, every child is different.
Homework can be stressful. Aim to establish a routine from early on and to supervise her homework.