Before making the decision whether or not your child is ready for school, consider the following questions.
Can your child:
- Go to the toilet, eat and dress with minimal assistance?
- Recognise their own belongings?
- Stay with a familiar person happily?
- Concentrate for short periods?
- Understand and obey simple instructions?
- Cooperate without frequent temper tantrums?
- Makes needs known
- Follow simple instructions
- Uses a variety of things (pens, pencils, textas, paintbrushes, sticks in the dirt) to draw, to scribble or to write
- Identify things in a group that are different, and differentiate between opposites such as day and night, light and dark etc.
- Play cooperatively with other children - shares and takes turns
- Use scissors to cut along a straight line
- Enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor play
If you answered 'yes' to most, this is a good indication that your child may be ready for the first year of school.
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