How early is too early to start preparing your child for school? The answer: it’s never too early to start educating your child. During the early stages of life, from birth up to the age of six, a child experiences astonishing growth. Brain development and change is more rapid during this period than at any other stage of life. Research shows that human brain development during the initial years of life is critical to a child’s future learning capacity. There are many positive ways to impact early learning.
Earlier this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under five. Currently, 80 percent of adolescents do not get enough physical activity. According to WHO, the key to tackling childhood obesity and physical activity is getting it right from the very beginning. Specifically, it is thought that increasing the amount of active playtime for children under five will help kids to grow up healthy.
Early years education benefits your son in many ways. Australian research (Warren and Haisken-DeNew, 2013) has shown that children who attend preschool outperformed their peers by the time they reached Year 3. Based on NAPLAN scores, those that had early year/s pre-school education did particularly well in the domains of Numeracy, Reading and Spelling. Although most families understand the importance of early years education, for first-time parents, it can be difficult to determine which early education provider will be best suited to their child.
Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscles of the hands. We use them in common activities such as getting dressed, opening lunch boxes and school bags or using pencils or scissors. The development of fine motor skills is important for children to carry out everyday tasks and gain a sense of independence.
A boy’s early education is vital in helping to create a positive experience of learning and developing a foundation for his future. At Trinity Grammar School, we believe Kindergarten can set the tone for the future of your son’s education.
Your son needs to have the developmental skills required to participate in a classroom environment, with the ability to make decisions, listen to instructions, and follow directions.
International Literacy Day is a major annual event for literacy advocacy held on 8 September since 1946. This year’s theme is titled: 'Literacy in a Digital World.’ Reading provides the cornerstone for a good education and research has found that it stimulates the brain, improves memory and concentration, and reduces stress. In addition, reading develops knowledge, vocabulary, critical thinking, and greatly enhances your son’s capacity for creative thinking.
The idea of your son starting school can be a daunting thought. It’s not only a new chapter for your son, but a new chapter for you as well. It is understandable that this new experience can provide you with new challenges, worries and fears but there are things you can do to help you get through your first term as a parent.
Here are our four top tips on how to survive your son's first term in Kindergarten.
Starting school can be a big step. There may be tears, separation anxiety and nervousness – your child may have the same feelings as well!
Jokes aside, it can be a stressful time for both you and your son. Here we provide some useful tips on preparing your son for school.
Ensuring your child is Kindergarten ready
Starting Kindergarten is a momentous and sometimes daunting event for both children and parents. Prior to your child’s first day at ‘big school’, there are many things you can do to ensure the experience is a positive one for all. The aim, of course, is to support children so that they are keen to go to school each day, and settle quickly into the routines and expectations of their new learning environment. When this happens, your child will inevitably start to progress sooner and achieve more highly.
Here are three ways to develop a love of learning in your child:
Why Trinity's Pre-Kindergarten is different to preschool or long day care
There are so many choices available to parents when considering the year before Kindergarten, the first formal year of school. Some boys have the opportunity to be cared for by family members, or in situations where parents both work, boys will spend time in child care centres or preschools. Some parents choose to combine these two care options.
Pre-Kindergarten at Trinity is a specialised option that should be considered for many beneficial reasons. It is an integral part of the Trinity Grammar School community and acts as a both a bridge, and foundation year between conventional preschool or long day care and Kindergarten.