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.
Education is more than learning the reading, writing, counting and social skills necessary to survive and thrive. Underpinning all of the lessons we discover in the journey from childhood to adulthood is the process of gradually accepting greater responsibility for ourselves and becoming less reliant on the adults who support us. Boys and girls enjoy and grow when given responsibility appropriate to their age and abilities. They often thrive when given extra responsibility.
Choosing the right school for your children is a big decision. A child’s education in the early years is vitally important in establishing a positive education experience and foundation for the future.
Many people consider Kindergarten as a place where children simply colour and play. We think a child’s experience at Kindergarten can set the tone for the entire future of his education.
Here are eight reasons why Kindergarten at Trinity will provide your son with a positive experience in his early years:
“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
A constant challenge facing early learning teachers is finding the right balance of ‘play’ and ‘structured learning’. Whilst this is an important debate and worth strong consideration, it should be remembered that we are making decisions about little people – little people who will only be five years old once. There are plenty of years of structured learning ahead where teachers can mould and guide students to ready themselves for life beyond school, but the chance to ‘play’ quickly fades unless it is nurtured and celebrated.
Potential, Passions and Purpose
“Experiences during the early years lay the foundations for all future learning … It is our responsibility as educators to recognise and maximise this crucial stage of learning.” – International Baccalaureate Organisation, 2009
Trinity Grammar School understands the importance of making a good beginning.