Starting school can be an exciting time for your child, and it helps to be prepared.
Learning is based on our ability to take in and process sensory information, combined with motor skills and coordination, and success in the classroom depends on building a good foundation of
These foundations are built during the first seven years of a child’s life, in readiness for lifelong learning in all areas – social, emotional, physical, behavioural and academic.
Learning to Read
Learning happens when we are relaxed and able to take in and process new sensory information
To do this, the child needs to have developed motor coordination, core strength, auditory skills and a sense of balance to be able to sit still and focus on the teacher’s voice, while at the same time, blocking out background sounds. Both eyes need to be able to work together as a team, tracking smoothly across a page of writing, while the brain is interpreting the images.
Screening for classroom readiness can identify gaps in early sensory and motor development, which can then be addressed, helping your child to have the best start in school. Identifying and addressing potential issues early can prevent them from becoming major problems later on.
Children who struggle with academic learning often show signs of anxiety, becoming easily overwhelmed in a busy classroom. This
The Good News
The good news