The Little Genius 12 week school readiness programme is ideal to lay a strong foundation for all learners who are heading to Grade 1. It is important to determine if a child has achieved school readiness and if not, give them the opportunity to enhance those skills to prevent and minimize anxiety in primary school.
School readiness involves two types of readiness: a readiness to learn and a readiness for school. School readiness is thus a measure of how prepared a child is to succeed at school.
Determining a child’s readiness for school is now more important than ever because many things change from Grade R to Grade 1. Grade R classes are generally smaller, the children learn through play-based activities and allowed more time to play outside and indoors. In Grade 1 the classes are bigger, the curriculum is full and there is very little time for teachers to wait for learners to grasp concepts. If a learner is not ready for Gr 1 the learner is expected to catch up the skills that are not on par as well as learn the new skills that is required of them. It just starts a game of catch-up that can be very stressful and demotivating.
To determine whether a learner is ready for formal schooling there are 5 factors that are considered.
The 5 key areas of school readiness are:
1. Physical and Motor Development;
2. Emotional and Social Development;
3. Cognitive Development;
4. Language Development: (this includes literacy, listening, speaking and vocabulary) and
5. Emotional maturity;
Most importantly, these factors should not be used in isolation but need to interact with and reinforce each other. Therefor children need to develop across all of the areas.
As part of the services that Little Genius offers, we offer a School Readiness Programme that builds a strong foundation for the learner. During the fun 12 week school readiness programme we focus on:
- Gross motor development
- Fine motor development
- Visual perception
- Auditory perception
- Life skills
- Emotional development.
Learners are monitored during every session and parents are given weekly feedback. This enables you to play games and activities to develop the areas that your children need assistance.
Make sure that the foundation is strong to minimize problems in higher grades. If you are unsure of whether or not your child will benefit from the programme, complete the contact form for more information.