He's still such a baby

He's still such a baby

Some parents worry that their child isn't ready to start school because, for example, he can barely read picture books. Or he still needs help with so many things, like changing into his clothes. Here's how you can help prepare him.

1. ENCOURAGE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Talk enthusiastically about primary school with him. Mention specific features about it, which you know he'll like, and tell him how you enjoyed school. Never use it as a threat, or suggest that the teachers there are very strict.

2. DEVELOP HIS SELF-CONFIDENCE

Reassure your child that he's competent enough to cope with all the activities there. Point out his strengths and don't let him focus on his weaknesses.

3. BOOST HIS BASIC EDUCATIONAL SKILLS

Let him have a taste of what it'll be like in a classroom. Given him some educational activities that you know he can complete on his own (for example, matching colours). Sit him at a table while he tackles these challenges, so that he gets used to working at a desk.

4. IMPROVE HIS LISTENING SKILLS

Suggest that he look directly at you when you ask him a question or give him instructions. Making eye contact results in more accurate listening. Play listening games with him (for instance, clap out a simple rhythm and him to copy it).

5. FOSTER HIS INQUISITIVENESS

Always treat his question seriously and answer them in a way that he understands. Explain to your child that, at school, he'll have to wait his turn to ask a question. Once you have given him a satisfactory answer, ask him to explain it to you.

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