Communication is key
First, talk to your child about what to expect in school.
He will feel more at ease if he is aware, ahead of time, of the environment and routines, and the need to buy his own food during recess time, says psychologist Zhang Gui Yue from National University Hospital‘s child development unit.
Encourage him to talk about his perceptions, feelings and concerns about going to school.
Get books and videos about school life, and go through them with your child.
Attend the orientation
Most schools will hold an orientation session before the new school term begins. After the visit, ask your child if he has any questions and discuss possible solutions to problems.
Go through the various challenging situations that your child may face at school. Tell him when, where and how to seek help, if needed.
Explain social relationships
Tell him about the changes in social relationships. For instance, he will be separated from his old friends and meeting new ones. Set up play dates with his pre-school classmates so that he can maintain the friendships.
Teach him basic social skills
Teach him basic social skills, such as asking for permission and taking turns to do something.
Let him be independent
Get him to pack his school bag.
Adjust to a new routine
Try to get your child adjusted to the new routine three to four weeks before the start of school. Get him to go to bed early and wake up early. Ample sleep and adequate nutrition are essential.
Practise buying food with her
Practise buying food at recess time with your child.
Make a timetable
Set up an after-school timetable with your child so that he can learn how to organise his time in a better way.
Allocate time for homework, rest and play, and decide if there will be any restrictions on TV time in the evenings.
(Text from Young Parents / Additional reporting: Natalya Molok)