To ensure a smooth transition into school, it is appropriate to build these skills as a foundation to prevent having to play catch up with the skills of your child’s peers.
Children accomplish better outcomes if their teachers can build on these existing skills, rather than starting from scratch.
School readiness skills include but are not limited to:
- Self-regulation- the ability to preserve and alter emotional behaviour, attention span and activity levels.
- Receptive language skills- understanding of the spoken language.
- Emotional regulation- the ability to observe emotions in others and adjust their own emotions
- Sensory processing- handling environmental stimulation.
- Social skills- the ability to engage in reciprocal exchanges with others- both verbally and non-verbally.
- Ability for self-care- independent toileting, opening own lunches
- Physical skills- gross and fine motor skills
- Some academic basics- writing their own name.
The first five years are incredibly important in a child’s life in their overall development and well being. This is when their brains develop the most. Helping them to experience and learn these skills will help them dramatically in their later years.