INTO Tips for parents
Help Prepare your Child for Learning
Positive Attitude It is important to create a positive attitude towards learning. If children have this positive attitude then they will try to become more involved in the learning process.
Curiosity The natural inquisitveness of children should be encouraged. it is central to their learning process. Children will be encouraged to ask questions when they get positive and encouraging responses.
Self Confidence If children are confident about their abilities and capabilities then they will be more willing to take on new challenges.
Listening Children should be encouraged to develop good listening skills. Instructions and directions are given continually at school so children need to be good listeners if they are to participate fully in school life.
Interacting with others Children need to learn how to be sociable, how to share and take turns. They need to learn respect for others and to be aware of feelings of others.
Independence In order to participate fully in school life, children need to have developed a good level of independence.
Preparation for School
Starting school is a milestone in the life of a child and often a time of stress and anxiety for parents. Parents can do much to reduce such anxiety – both for themselves and their child. The preparation should begin some months before the child starts school. An initial visit to the school is a good idea. Meet the principal and the teacher of infants. Show your child the school building, the cloakroom, the classroom, where the toilets are and the playground.
Introduce your child to another junior infant child if possible so he/she will see a familiar face on the first day.
Children shoud be able to put on and take off coats and hang them up, use the toilet and flush it properly, wash their hands and tidy up their crayons and colouring books.
Play ‘pretend school’ with your child. Help to practise putting things in and out of the school bag and open and close their lunchbox.
Teach them to use a tissue, share toys and take turns.
Label all your children’s clothes and belongings clearly.
Your child should know his/her address. You should also provide the school with the name and telephone number of a person to be contacted if you are not at home. Explain this arrangement to your child.