What Parents Should Know About Preparing Children for School
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What Parents Should Know About Preparing Children for School

Parents should be aware that each child learns at different rates. There are emotional and physical problems that cn get in the way of learning also.

Your child will soon be entering school. This may be your first child. There are many things to be thinking about if this is your first experience. Are you prepared for this new venture? There is much to think about during this time involving your child’s life and yours as well. This is an exciting time in your child’s life. It can also be a time for anxiety.

To eliminate anxiety for both the child and the parent, the following advice can be helpful:

It is important to know that all children develop differently. Some children are ready for school when they are four years old; others at a later age. If a child is not ready for school and starts too soon, that child can become very frustrated.

There are several things to think about as you plan for your child’s first experience at school. One example is to be aware of your child’s health. Does your child have a

medical condition that requires a visit to the doctor?

It is important to be aware of your child’s capability of being able to see and hear well. Some children have speech problems which can be a hindrance in the education process. There are children who may be more advanced socially and educationally. They may know numbers and the alphabet at an early age. The important thing is to be aware of these differences and be prepared if your child shows a distaste for school because of these problems or individual differences.

Because some of these situations may be a handicap to a child’s ability to succeed, a parent should consider having a conference with the school administrator or medical professionals before your child is enrolled.

There are other situations that may arise as a child goes from grade to grade. A parent should be aware that all children, as in adults, differ in their ability to perform various tasks. For example, some children are great at sports and excel in it. Some children are artistic and come up with some great results. There are those who learn quickly and perform wonderfully.

There are children who lag behind, through no fault of their own, in reading and other academic subjects. It is very important, and it cannot be over emphasized, that all children learn at different levels. A parent should be aware of their child’s abilities and not show disappointment or make comparisons or push your child to succeed if your child has done the best to his/her ability.

If your child is having difficulty, it is important to keep in contact with the teacher.

Teachers may see a different side to your child. Remember, when your child is at home, socially, a parent may only see how a child re-acts to the family. At school, there are many children of your child’s age that can make a difference in the relationship with others. There are so many aspects to school life that differs from home. For example, a child can try to compete with others at school, whereas at home, there may not be any reason for any type of competition. It is a good idea to get acquainted with your child’ s friends.

If your child is rebellious about going to school or seems extremely overanxious about tests, or has difficulty with his/her peers, have a talk with your child. This is the time when it is very important for parents and children to have a good relationship and not have a negative reaction to worrisome situations.

Some children have physical problems when they are not happy. Physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, and difficulty falling asleep may be entirely emotional due to an unhappy experience at school.

If as a parent, after talking to your child and your child’s teachers, your child still has complaints, this is the time to see a pediatrician or a counselor.

Source: Taking Care of Your Child by Robert Pantell, M.D., from my experience as a teacher and a parent

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