Registration for Primary 1 is a few months away, but since the start of the year I’ve been becoming increasingly concerned (nervous, maybe?) about being prepared for P1 for my firstborn.
Many mummies have shared great tips and their experiences. I don’t think I’m a kiasu mum, but Ive been trying to keep tabs on what he’s learning in K2 this year, to try and identify the gaps, if any, between this year and what he will need to know in P1. Not so that he knows everything there is to know before going to P1, but just enough so that he can adjust well and enjoy school. We believe the love of learning is very important. I even know a few kids who have been transferred to another kindergarten because they feel the current one we go to is not good “enough”, which is a little worrying.
I can see how people can get caught up and become overly kiasu. I’ve heard that children are actually very resilient and can usually adjust well, and I’m glad to hear that Mittens seems pretty excited to graduate on to primary school, especially after hearing about what his cousin is doing. He’s even asked for a wallet. In fact these days he asks me about secondary school and JC even. One step at a time, boy!
Apart from telling him about the social aspects and as much of primary school that I can remember (recesses, etc), we are also working towards skills such as telling time, using daily allowances, being able to change one’s own clothes, trying not to lose (too many) of one’s belongings, etc. Ing, a former lower primary teacher from Ingspirations has a post with very practical tips on P1 prep here and from Christy of Kids R Simple here.
I’ve been trying to identify weak points such as handwriting, and working on that. I’m relieved that he’s picking up reading pretty fast on his own, but will try to get him to recognize the usual sight words. As for Chinese, I’m told that Berries will prepare them somewhat for HanYuPinYin and the Chinese show and tell. However I have to do a lot more coaching because he seems to be quite forgetful with pretty simple words.
We’ve also been sending him to Thinkersbox to identify strengths and weaknesses and to develop his skills so that he can optimise his time in a classroom of over 30 kids, because with a ratio of 1 teacher to 30 kids, there is no time nor leeway for them to be able to attend to each individually.
When I’m not worrying about which school he will be able to enter, and how he will fare in school, I’m lamenting how fast he’s growing! What happened to my toddler?? I’m sure these pre-P1 jitters will get easier with each subsequent child, but meanwhile it is a necessary rite of passage for every parent, especially so for parents in Singapore.
How are you preparing your child for primary school or what would be your top tips for me? .