Here are some tips to help prepare your child for Junior Infants.
Ensure that your child can use the toilet by themselves and knows how to wash and dry their hands after using the toilet.
Practise putting on and taking off their coat. Your child will be encouraged to do this independently in school. Zips and buttons will need lots of practice, including sleeve buttons!
Choose a lunchbox and flask/bottle that your child can open and close themselves. Label them!
Practise opening and closing lunch box and bottle.
Practise opening and closing your child’s schoolbag and taking out items from pencilcase and replacing. Your child will be encouraged to do this independently in school.
Write your child’s name on all of their clothes, books, copies and stationery. It will help your child greatly to be able to recognise their own first name.
Most importantly, talk to your child about who and what to expect in school. This is especially important to children who have not done a pre-school year. Explain some of the basic school rules in advance of starting e.g. sitting down, listening to their teacher, trying their best, putting up their hand to get teacher’s attention. Talk to them about any worries they might have. Remind them of all the fun things they will do and learn in school: songs, stories, games, making new friends, art etc.
The Schoolbag Your child’s schoolbag should contain the following items:
All the necessary books and stationery on book list with your child’s name on every item.
A healthy lunch and water.
A lunchbox the child can open and close independently.
Looking forward to meeting you all again in September!