TRANSITION TO SCHOOL
Te Whariki (the early childhood curriculum) is based on the aspirations that children grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging, secure in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.
Because learning happens everywhere and all the time the connections children make about learning between home and their child care centre helps them build strong learning foundations.During your child’s time in Methven Pre School a portfolio/profile book will be kept as a record of their learning.
These portfolio/profile books are valuable keepsakes and include photographs of your child, samples of their artwork and written anecdotal commentary from the teachers on what and how your child is learning. We encourage that these books be taken to the child’s primary school as they make the transition to school. Children are encouraged throughout the day to participate in a range of activities such as perceptual motor skills and group games.
Please remember every child is unique!
Ongoing Learning Characteristics
– Taking an interest
– Communicating with others
– Persisting with difficulty
– Being involved
– Taking responsibility
Self Help Skills
– Being able to go the toilet/wash hands and change clothing by themselves
– Managing their lunchboxes making healthy food choices, not eating all their food at once
– Packing their bag at the end of the day, looking after clothing, shoes etc
Problem Solving Skills
– Asking questions
– Developing hypotheses
– Willingness to try a number of approaches and not be discouraged by failure
– Working collaboratively with peers
– Having confidence to contribute ideas in both formal and informal settings
– Solving conflict themselves
– Making friends and sharing empathy
– Managing emotions