At the age of six, the seriousness of life begins: children used to hear these or similar phrases in the early days when enrollment was approaching.
From kindergarten child to student - this is how a smooth transition is achieved
In recent years, primary school curricula have changed frequently and dedicated teachers are now trying to make it easier for children to start school by incorporating many playful elements into the classroom and deliberately reducing fears. The cooperation between kindergarten and elementary school has also improved in many places.
Nevertheless, many preschool children not only feel joy when they think about their new role as school children. This new phase of life ultimately brings with it many decisive changes and, above all, duties. Together with the teachers, you as parents should strive to make the transition from kindergarten to school as smooth as possible and prepare your child well for the new challenges.
Support without overwhelming - get your child used to obligations before starting school
The big difference between nursery school promotion and the school learning process is that a child at school suddenly has a lot more responsibilities. It has just been able to play, laugh and romp all day long and suddenly 45 has to be on the phone for a few minutes at a time, always keeping its books ready, doing homework and writing clean letters.
This is a shock for many freshmen. Therefore, it makes sense to accustom children already before enrollment in liabilities. This does not mean that the little ones have to do any writing or calculation exercises every day. There are other possibilities.
For example, if your child wants to attend a gymnastics club or music school, they should first take part in a non-binding trial lesson. Then it can decide for itself whether or not to participate further. But: once your child has made a decision, it should stay that way - especially if the annual fee has already been paid.
Even in everyday life there are situations in every family where a preschooler can take on some duties. For example, give your daughter or son the task of carrying the garbage down, going to the bakery, or laying the table regularly. This will kill several birds with one stone, because your child not only develops a sense of duty but also feels taken seriously. In addition, his self-confidence is strengthened.
In addition, always encourage your child to think, watch and listen. What did the educators tell about the trip? Which costumes are needed for the performance at the summer party? What options does your child see to settling the disputes between the two best pleasures?
By doing so, you also promote the ability to concentrate and think in a solution-oriented way. These two competences are urgently needed by students, as this facilitates learning processes considerably.
Also important: Let your child try out as much as possible and promote his independence. For example, when it comes to school, it should be able to dress alone, organize itself, and take care of its personal belongings.
The first time at school - make sure you have enough rest
Especially the first weeks as a schoolchild are particularly exhausting for children. Not only do you have to get used to learning, you also have to find your way around an unknown building, master the way to school and take your place within the class community. Homework is in the afternoon.
During this time, as a mother or father, you should make sure that your child gets enough sleep and also has time to recover during the day. Try to keep the number of afternoon appointments as low as possible so that your son or daughter can meet up with friends or make themselves comfortable in his room.
Do not put pressure on your child if it is difficult at first to meet the school requirements. Many first graders compete with one another for praise from the teacher and are already putting themselves under stress. Offer your child to help them with their homework, but also accept if they refuse your help. Also important: if your child makes mistakes, do not correct them. Otherwise, the teachers will misjudge your child's level of performance and frustrating results will be obtained at the latest during the first tests.
If you notice that your child is overwhelmed, look for the conversation with the class teacher. First graders should not spend more than 30 to 40 minutes on their homework.