Sending off your precious cherub to start their first year of school can be scary.
Most kids are usually fine about it and are hanging to head to big school, especially if they have siblings already there.
Next year my middle child will join his sister, and while I’m sure he’ll be fine I do wonder if he’ll be able to sit still for more than five minutes!
He does seem to have ants in his pants A LOT of the time.
I’m fairly sure he’s got most of the basics covered, eg can recognise his name, can count to 10 etc but how do you really know what kids are expected to be able to do before they start school?
Well it just so happens that I got a handy-dandy checklist from my son’s kindy, they called it a prep readiness guideline.
This is in Queensland but I reckon it probably applies to most preschool kids heading to a conventional-type school.
It was quite an eye opener and after reading this I’m sure you’ll agree kids have to be WAY more prepared for school than they used to be.
Here is what they are expected to be able to do in order to cope with their first year of schooling.
Fine motor skills
- Can put a 10-piece puzzle together.
- Can hold scissors correctly.
- Can hold a pencil/crayon properly.
Gross motor skills
- Runs, jumps, skip.
- Can walk backwards.
- Can walk up and down stairs.
- Uses words instead of being physical when angry.
- Speaks clearly so an adult can understand them.
- Plays with other children.
- Follows simple direction.
- Expresses feeling and needs.
- Goes to the bathroom by themselves.
- Waits their turn and shares.
- Talks in sentences.
- Asks questions about things around them.
- Enjoys having books read to them.
- Can tell a story about a past event.
- Says please and thank you.
- Can spend extended periods away from parents.
- Recognises basic shapes.
- Can sort items by colour, size and shape.
- Can identify six part of their body.
- Understands concept words such as up, down and in and out.
- Counts from 1 to 10.
- Recognises five colours.
- Times to write their name.
- Recognises their written name.
Health and safety
- Eats healthy food.
- Follows simple safety rules.
- Uses good habits, eg spoons, forks, covers mouth and nose when sneezes.
- Washes hands after going to the toilet.
- Has a set routine for going to bed and brushing teeth.
- Can put on and take off jumpers, shoes and sock independently.
- Uses the toilet independently.
- Can open and close lunch boxes and drink bottles.
- Can identify their own belongings.
- Can care for and put away play things.
- Knows their full name.
- Knows their age.
- Knows their address and telephone number.
- Knows his mum and dad’s first names.
SEE WHAT I MEAN! Talk about an exhaustive list right?
I’m sure it’s probably best case scenario but I know that we have quite a few areas that need worked on. Although I’m not going to stress about it too much.
It’s hard to say whether these lists are helpful or just make us parents feel MORE guilt!
Does this make you feel better or worse about sending your child to school?
Did this list shock you?
Are you a teacher and have anything to add?
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