Is Your Preschooler Ready For The Big School?

  • Oct. 28, 2021
Is Your Preschooler Ready For The Big School?

Have you asked this question to yourself just recently? Your child will be in Kindergarten the next opening of classes and the school year 2022-2023 is fast approaching!

Like most parents, a lot of things have been going on in your mind because your child’s kindergarten year is just a few months away. Do no fret! Have a seat and take time to read this article to assess if your preschooler is now ready to enroll in a big school. 

What are big schools?

Big schools refer to schools that provide the next level of education for a child. For example, your child is currently in the early levels of preschool, at Little Georgia Academy, these are Beacon, Toddler, and Prepper, if you will enroll your child in Kindergarten then that school which caters the Kindergarten and other high levels is labelled as “big school”.

Georgia International Academy is considered as Little Georgia Academy’s big school. Georgia has programs from kindergarten to senior high school. 

Here are the six (6) important skills that your child must possess before entering big schools:

Essential Skills that Your Child Needs in Kindergarten

1. Social skills 

Socialization skills are one of the important characteristics that children must possess. Schools are composed of a big group where children need to join and adapt with. If they are not ready to face other people,it will be a challenge for them to participate in class discussions and express themselves. That is the reason why some schools require children to have at least six (6) months attending prep schools before entering Kinder level. With that, the crying session will be less and the child will start their day with a smile.

2. Communication 

Communication skills enable individuals to understand oneself and others. Also, communication skills allow you to express your ideas and feelings to others. This skill will help children to communicate and support themselves in building relationships with their teachers and classmates. 

One way to assess children’s learning is their participation in the class activities such as responding to teachers’ questions, reciting poems or short speeches in front of the class,  and singing songs. Skills in communication is also part of their language development which is the foundation for them to read and write.

3. Emotional Ability 

Emotional ability is how children react to different situations.  If you observe that they are attentive, have patience to learn to write, identify colors  and are determined to do their tasks, these are signs that they are now ready for a formal schooling. 

Emotional skills display children’s maturity within the group. They will also understand how to respond if they encounter negative behavior from other kids. Their ability to manage themselves leads them to behave properly in any situation which taps their feelings and emotions.

4. Cognitive Skills

This skill is their ability to think of different ideas, solve situational and mathematical problems, remember lessons, acquire new learnings such as manners, language and actions, explore things around them that answer whys’ questions and learn to organize ideas. These are the skills that they need to possess to perform well in kindergarten class. 

5. Physical Skills

Children's activities are composed of a variety of physical activities. They should know how to coordinate, balance, run, walk, have proper posture and be flexible for them to take on upcoming challenging activities that will strengthen their bones, muscles, hearts and lungs. We all know that some children are not physically healthy and some of them are suffering serious illness. However, this situation is always taken into consideration and the teacher will adjust the activity for them to enjoy it. No matter who or what the child is, there is always a room for them to continue to learn and develop their physical skills.

6. Independence

Going to school lets children do the things on their own, which includes making decisions and taking on responsibility since there is no one who can do their work for them. Their ability to do their work alone, packing their things, and preparing their materials, are signs of them being independent for their age. It also indicates that they are growing gradually. 

If children can only perform 3 to 4 skills, that is fine. Still, those skills are progressing and can be developed. Let them bloom at their own time. There is no late time when it comes to children’s progress and development. 

If your child does not possess great social skills yet find his/her strengths that he/ she can make use of to improve these skills. Remember that children’s improvement and learning styles are different because each of them is special and has a particular trait that distinguishes them from the rest. 

Tips on how to prepare for your preschooler

To help your child to acquire the following skills, here are the ways to get ready and help your child to prepare in big schools:

1. Join Playdates

Enrichment Hub, the enrichment programs (after-school activity) provider of Little Georgia Academy, is offering sets of activities that children can enjoy during their free time especially on weekends. 

This online playdate is good for one session only where your child can virtually meet new friends and experience learning skills for a short period of time. This will help them be exposed to different activities that will help them learn, socialize, communicate and participate.

2. Enroll in a monthly program

If you have an enough time to assist your child and you are looking for a whole program but for a month or a few of months, you may want to enroll your child to Little Georgia Academy’s preschool programs such as the ones below: a. ) Early Reading - introducing letters through stories, songs and sounds. This program will help your child to familiarize the letter sounds rather than its name for them to be able to blend and read consonant-vowel (CV) consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words.

b.) Music and Arts - this program was designed to expose children to hands-on and performing activities. It will help them to develop their creativity through arts, speech through singing songs and physical skills through dancing.

There are other programs for children to develop the skills they need. There are programs where you can enroll them for 2 different programs based on the skills that you want them to gain. 

2. Be part of Progressive Preschools

Children’s nature is to play and play and play at their young age. With that, you may choose a school whose way of teaching is progressive. It is an approach to let children learn from experiencing the activities that they have and in a play-based set-up. A school that will tap your child’s attention to explore, learn, express their thoughts freely and expand their imagination and creativity. 

3. Homeschooling

We all know that most of the parents’ nowadays are both working. However, some still prefer to be hands-on with their child and for that reason they prefer to do homeschooling instead. You may choose the best provider for your child’s education which you can be a partner to assist your child’s education journey. This provider must have the same purpose as yours.  As a parent you can tailor-fit your way of teaching as well. 

Homeschooling is not just for academic learning but also an opportunity to teach your child to share attention because in school they must wait for their turns, be responsible for their belongings and encourage them to be confident especially if they want to use a comfort room.

These are some of the ways to prepare your child before entering big school. But, still, as a parent, you must trust your child’s ability. If you are looking for a school, you are on the right page to look for the best schools in the Philippines. Little Georgia Academy and its big sister school Georgia International Academy are here to let children enjoy their childhood while learning.