School readiness very much applies even in a remote setup. And with the global health crisis, parents need to take an even more active role in assessing their child and his learning skills. It is up to us to make sure that when they do finally go out, they do so with confidence and self-reliance. After all, independence is a clear sign of school readiness.
Independence means children should have some self-help skills and the ability to care for themselves and their personal belongings. Being able to take care of oneself will give children confidence and give parents less to worry about.
It helps to make these tasks routine and reinforce them with humor. By encouraging children to be responsible and independent at home, parents teach children how to get ready for school but are equipping them with essential life skills as well.
Teach the kids simple chores at home.
Label items that belong to the child.
Use clothes that are easy to manage (for example those with velcro straps)
Give food in small portions so it’s easy to eat.
Help your child gain confidence by talking about things they can do for themselves.
Read here how fine motor skills can help your child become more independent in daily tasks.
Barbara Server-Veloso is known as Teacher Thumby in her preschool, Toddlers Unlimited, and Ms. Thumby in her grade school, Thinkers Unlimited, Alabang. She is also a partner in Spark Discovery Center in Jupiter Street, Makati where she teaches the Baby and Me Class. Teacher Thumby has a Masters degree from the University of the Philippines in Family Life and Child Development. She has been teaching since 1993. She is also the mother of Lucas and Verena.