Teach me to do it myself
Many parents and pre-schools will now be focusing on preparing their children to move on to school. It is one of the many stages of transition that our children experience throughout growing up.
Sometimes we can make the event seem more daunting than it needs to be for the children. If we keep in mind that, for their development, we break down their learning into small solid blocks which we firmly cement into place, then building on this solid foundation we can move onto the next level with confidence … and it will be far less daunting for all. Most pre-schools will be following with the parents a list of goals or guidelines for preparing for school. The majority of these items on the checklist should have been achieved by now, and the child will be confident that they will be able to manage themselves.
To prepare children for any task, it is helpful to provide simple prompts in order to assist the child to manage the task themselves. An easy resource for this is a digital photo. This could, for example, show items for a swimming lesson arranged on the floor: costume, goggles, towel, shower gel, floating aids, bag. Allow the child to pack the bag themselves with the photo as a prompt. As their skills develop, maybe have the same photo but add labels such as the day of the week, or item names. The next stage could be remove the image, and only have a checklist of labels.
We are helping the child to be responsible for themselves, and they have the security of knowing what is happening next. A confident child is a happy child.