It’s back-to-school season, and if you have a pre-schooler getting ready for Primary One, it could be a slightly anxious time for the family. Primary school signals a big change in a kid’s social and academic life, with more rules and responsibilities. And don’t get us started on tests and exams!
“Parents are keen to see their pre-schooler succeed in school but they may not know how to create the environment for success,” says Zhang Gui Yue, a psychologist at the child development unit of the National University Hospital. “They may have misconceptions about their child’s readiness for school.”
You – and your child – will never feel 100% ready to make the leap to Primary One, but fear not: you can help make the transition a smoother one. Here are 10 ways to prepare your kid for Primary One, so he can adjust well to the next six years of primary school life.