“A stitch in time saves nine.” How do you know if your pre-schooler is ready for their big jump into primary school?
Does your child understand these words – “above”; “below”; “on”; “in”; “before”; “after”; “beside”; “first”; “second”; “last’: “stop”; “go”; “left”; “right”; “top”; “bottom”; “middle”?
Pre-school education should help young learners with their spatial skills and prepare them for primary school, however there are times when these skills are not acquired. This is no reflection upon the child, though not having an understanding can place the young learner at a disadvantage when they first attend primary school.
Can you imagine the difficulty a young learner will have following the simplest directions if they do not understand the words from the list above? We are seeing more instances where the parents of children in Years 1 and 2 are seeking help because their little ones are not keeping up at school.
How can a student fall into difficulty at such an early stage of their education?
Let the early years be play. Young children learn through play, being read to, and through song. Have any of these three things changed in the last two decades? Do children play with other children or with their parents like they used to? Are they being read to by an adult? Do the songs they listen to teach them about the spatial world around them?
The things we do with our children before they attend school are just as important as the education they receive before they become adults. If you can get the foundations right the structure is strong.
By Peter Kenyon: Online Tutor