A child officially starts his schooling when he is admitted in a primary school. Primary one is the first class for a child in the primary school but not in the entire educational system, that is, before primary schooling, a child is studying in a preschool where he learns a lot of things that are useful in primary schooling.
A child shifting form preschool to primary school must have good command over following things:
Proper English listening, speaking and writing skills
A child getting into primary school from preschool must know how to properly listen to and comprehend the instructions given to him in English. A teacher’s instructions must be followed appropriately by the child when he is in primary school.
Adding to this, the child must be able to communicate fluently in English with his teachers and his fellow classmates while in primary school. This requires good command over common English words, sentence structures and a fluent speaking practice. Apart from this, confidence is key for speaking fluently and it is the parents’ responsibility to instill the confidence in their children.
Furthermore, English writing skills are also very important, and the child must know how to write different alphabets in English, where and what punctuations to use and how to construct a proper sentence in English.
Apart from English, mathematics is also a very important field that a child must know before getting into primary school. In the subject, a child must know how to write numbers, counting from one to hundred and so on (must know how to continue the counting), arrangement of biggest to smallest numbers and spellings of the numbers when written in English.
Apart from English, a child must also have a good command over the native language of his/her country (if it is not English). The native language can be French, Spanish, Urdu, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi and so on. The native language is extremely important because this is the language which the child will mostly use while staying in his country of origin. Proper speaking, listening and writing skills must be known to the child in the native language just like in the English language.
Apart from the academic point of view, a child must also be comfortable with the social development that will take place as a result of a transition from preschool to primary school. The transition would involve a change of place, meeting new teachers and new students, spending longer time away from home as compared to preschool, proper school uniforms (in some countries), proper learning and examination system (unlike in preschool) and so on.
These differences between the preschool and primary school will push the children out of their comfort zone and it is the parents’ duty to make sure their children are comfortable with all these changes. An effective way to do so is by making their children meet different children that they do not already know. This will make the children more comfortable around strangers.
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