The early years are a fantastic opportunity to establish a foundation for learning that will enable your son to flourish in the future. If a child can enjoy some learning success in the early years, studies tell us that they are more likely to thrive throughout school and in their adult lives as well.
Early years education, such as pre-kindergarten, makes a significant difference in a boy’s life. It offers a well-structured programme that provides learning activities that nurture, stimulate and challenge young boys. The mind, body and spirit are engaged in experiences that extend the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of each boy.
Pre-kindergarten benefits boys because these programmes help to develop and solidify learning, and results indicate that it produces success throughout the entire school journey. Developing an understanding of school expectations and routines early, can support the growth of self-help skills and independence, and foster social skills. Through play, boys learn to represent their ideas in many forms as well as developing social skills by communicating, co-operating, sharing, caring and negotiating, as well as learning literacy and numeracy skills through active play. There are many reasons why play is essential for early learning.
As parents, you can facilitate a strong start to your son’s early education by choosing private education. Private education offers an effective curriculum often differentiated to the specific needs of individual children, provides specialist subject teachers, ignites a boy’s passion through extra-curricular activities, and puts your son in an environment where he is at the centre of his learning experience.
It is easy to take the role of a parent for granted. On any given day, a parent’s duties can include spiritual leader, motivational speaker, chef, teacher, doctor, housekeeper, adviser, personal assistant, entertainer, accountant and chauffeur to name just a few. Effective parenting is based on encouraging independence, providing stable and loving relationships, being there to support your children, setting clear rules, and acting as a good role model.
Education is about more than just learning to read, write and count in a formal school environment. As parents you start teaching your children from the moment they are born. You teach them how to speak, use good manners, share, behave with empathy and so much more. Much of what children learn is based on play and on your modelled behaviours. Supporting your child's early literacy development will prove beneficial during his schooling years.
We recommend encouraging boys to explore their creativity. Stimulate him to think, reflect, analyse and communicate, rather than simply focusing on creating art.
The role of a parent differs to most other roles that we fulfil, in that our main objective is to eventually make ourselves redundant by developing independent adults who can look after themselves and have the self-belief to prosper autonomously. Even when they’re young, it’s important to let children have a go for themselves, developing independence and encouraging responsibility from the early years.
The early years are a prime opportunity to encourage a love of reading, which you can maximise by reading to your son every night and having him read the right books. It is a great time to teach fine motor activities, begin to broaden your son’s mind during the holidays and to recognise any learning difficulties early on.
The education of children is an investment that will pay dividends as they learn to navigate the classroom, playground and various social settings at school. The return on this investment really occurs when young adults leave secondary education as resilient, caring, responsible and contributing members of society.
Choosing the right school is crucially important in developing boys into men. Deciding when to start looking for schools and what to look for when selecting schools depends on many factors: the age of your child, school entry level, your child’s interests, talents or special needs and your own experiences with the education system. One thing is certain, however, it is never too soon to start your research. It's also imperative to consider more than academics.
There are many schools to choose from, and if you believe Christianity has a place in education, there are clear benefits of Christian schools. The advantages for choosing a private school for kindergarten in particular, include more and varied learning opportunities, onsite access to counselling professionals, pastoral care, and a variety of co-curricular activities. Access to these benefits and programmes are some of the reasons why kindergarten at Trinity Grammar School is different.
Starting school can be a big step. There may be tears, separation anxiety and nervousness – from you and from your child! Getting your son for ready these moments is important. Prepare your son for pre-kindergarten by:
Once you can identify that your son is ready for kindergarten, help him prepare for school by creating excitement around this next step, helping to ease nerves, getting a healthy routine established and practising personal hygiene. Throughout the process, maintain open communication as you help your son settle into school.
While this is an exciting moment for your son, make sure you’re settling in as well!