On Thursday 20th, we hosted the first in a series of information evenings designed to provide families with as much information as possible, to help in the transition to school.
Our guest for this session was Ida Shapievsky, a local Child Psychologist. Ida is a mother herself and understands the importance and difficulties associated with that big question... to send or not to send?
Ida made it very clear that each child is an individual and the decision should absolutely NOT be decided based ONLY on a child's age. Alternatively she suggested that many things be considered when making this decision including social readiness, the ability to cope at an academic level, the ability to complete tasks within a set time, the ability to follow multiple instructions, independence and self-help skills, language skills and much more. Ida explained the relationship between cortisol levels in the brain (caused by anxiety) and its ability to learn which basically means that if your child experiences stress in the school environment then their chances of succeeding are diminished. She further explained that repeating a grade can be socially damaging for children and a have a negative impact on their self-esteem.
Overall this was a fabulous and informative evening where people shared their personal concerns in an intimate environment, had their questions answered and most importantly, gained more information with which to make this huge decision.
Ida left an information sheet which can be found on the Green Gables Grapevine - click here. Ida is available to do formal assessments specifically for school readiness. All Ida's contact details can be found on her website.
Should you be interested in more information or interested in arranging a time to speak with your child's teachers please let us know and we'll make sure it happens.
Please remember the next part of this special parent information series is scheduled for Thursday 28th June at 6:30pm - we have Leanna Formosa presenting on school readiness. Leanna is the Assistant Principal at Ramsgate Public School and among other topics, will answer the all important question...
"What does my child need to know before they start big school?"
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