Hello School

It’s an exciting and important moment when
your child starts school for the first time. It’s the beginning of their school journey
but not the beginning of their learning journey, as that began with you at home. You are your
child’s first and most important teacher. They’ve been learning with you since the day
they were born. The wonder and excitement of learning, exploring and imagining continues
at Kindergarten. In the play based program, your child experiences many types of learning
activities. They learn about themselves and others and the wider world. In Kindergarten,
your child develops language and literacy skills including learning about sounds, letters
and rhyming words. Your child also learns about numbers, shapes, counting and measuring.
Making friends and being involved in physical activities provide further opportunities for
learning through play. There are regular breaks throughout the day so pack healthy snacks
and lunch in wrappers and containers that your child can easily open. In Pre-primary the
next year, your child learns about language and literacy, maths, science, the arts, social
sciences, technologies and health and physical wellbeing. Spending time together in the
classroom at the start of each day is a great way for you to discover what your child is
currently learning. Your support is essential. Read with your child everyday and talk about
the story, draw and write together, play number games and sing number songs and rhymes. It’s
vital that your child attends school everyday. This ensures they don’t miss out on important
ideas and skills. Finally, if you’re happy and enthusiastic about your child going to
school, they will be too. It’s the best way to encourage a love of learning. There are
many things you can do to help your child be a happy and confident learner. Read stories
with them about starting school. Make sure they eat healthy and nutritious meals. Make
sure they get plenty of sleep. Attend orientation days together and see the activities going
on. Go shopping together to buy the items your child needs, a school bag, uniform, lunch
box, drink bottle, and stationary items. Your child’s school lets you know what you need.
Label all your child’s belongings with their name. Become part of the school community
and get to know the teachers and other parents, and talk with your child about their day.
For more information, including how to enrol your child in school, visit education.wa.edu.au

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