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  • Is my child ready for school?

    With early reading initiatives pushing children at a younger age into academics without a strong foundation of motor, sensory-motor and language skills, it can be hard for some children to transition into schooling. Sometimes children experience minor difficulties in some areas and people often say they will ‘grow out of’ these difficulties. Often children can be experiencing difficulties that are so minor they manage to fly under the radar, but as the complexities and demands of schoolwork increase, these children fall further and further behind.

    Sometimes parents know that their child is not ready for learning but cannot afford to keep their child in day-care so they send them to school in the hope that they will manage the transition. Learning Connections is here to help. As experts in child development and learning we understand the complexities of the difficulties that children face. Call or email us today to for more information on how we can help your child.

    Signs your child may not be ready for school

    If you have some concerns about whether your child is ready for school and they are displaying some of the following behaviour, it is likely that they are not, especially if their birthday is in the early part of the year. Being bright, being intelligent and being ready for school are all very different scenarios. Many children with minor difficulties, because they are bright, frequently cope satisfactorily in the first couple of years in school, but struggle as the work becomes more complex as they move into middle school.

    The following is not an exhaustive list of immaturities but, if present, can indicate that readiness for learning skills is not yet sufficient:

    • doesn't know, or is slow to learn nursery rhymes (not just repeating the first line)
    • difficulty listening and following 2-3 step directions
    • delayed or unclear speech
    • not interested in paper pencil activities or drawing
    • social immaturities, difficulties in cooperative play with peer group – prefers to be alone
    • immature ball skills, can't march, hop on alternate feet 5 to 6 times or skip with alternate feet

    A child who has been exhibiting these immaturities (though it may seem they've 'grown out of' it before Prep) may slip under the radar in the first few years of school. However, when the work becomes more challenging, they may begin to struggle as their coping mechanisms become insufficient.

    For many children 'growing out of' problematic behaviours doesn't always mean that causal factors such as immaturities in sensory motor development no longer exist. At each stage of development, the behaviours associated with developmental immaturities can change. This is because an effected child learns to control the socially unacceptable behaviours or exhibits new ones to help them cope with challenging learning environments.

    School readiness checklist

    So what skills do children need to have developed by the time they begin Prep? Below is a non-exhaustive checklist for parents:

    • Being able to socialise and cooperate with other children and adults
    • Being able to identify and communicate their feelings (both physical and emotional)
    • Being able to sit still for extended periods of time
    • Good listening skills and being able to follow simple instructions
    • Developed fine and gross motor skills
    • Developed visual system – allowing to focus between their paper and the board
    • Age appropriate self-control and being able to manage ‘big’ feelings

    How Learning Connections Can Help

    Learning Connections is here to help. As experts in child development and learning we understand the complexities of the difficulties that children face. If you believe your child isn’t ready for school we can do an assessment to determine what their developmental immaturities are and so, find the best course of action for getting them school ready.

    After we have identified the problem areas we are able to provide you with a tailored program with activities and dietary advice. You can do the activities at home with your child to help boost their development – they are specifically designed to help children to cope with transitioning into school.

    Call or email us today to for more information on how we can help your child to be prepared for school.

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