Smooth Transition: Planning and Designing Activities for Different Components of School Readiness

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Planning and Designing Activities for Different Components of School Readiness

Language and Cognitive Development

Reading, Writing and Number Readiness Reading Readiness

  • For reading readiness, activities and experiences should be provided to children to prepare them to learn the skill of reading later. Activities like matching similar objects, picture conversation, spotting the odd one or the identical one are some such.

  • Children should be given opportunities to listen and discriminate between different sounds as well as identifying the beginning and end sounds of words.

Some activities are:

  • Visual discrimination (Recognizing differences in shapes/sizes/colors etc.)

  • Sound discrimination (Recognizing differences in sounds)

  • Development of observation skill and memory (Recall of objects seen)

  • Classification of objects (according to size, features etc.)

  • Sequential thinking

  • Development of vocabulary

Writing Readiness

For writing readiness, the teacher should provide activities that help in the development of eye-hand coordination in children.

Some activities are:

  • Clay modelling

  • Coloring within enclosed space/picture

  • Drawing on slate/floor

  • Tracing

  • Copying forms

  • Joining dots

  • Drawing zigzag; straight lines

Number Readiness

Before teaching numbers, it is necessary that children be given specific activities.

experiences related to number work, like:

  • Classification/sorting

  • Sequential thinking

  • Problem solving

  • Pre-number concept such as big-small, tall- short, more-less, thick-thin, far-near, wide-narrow, low-high, before-after etc.

Physical-Motor Development

Physical-Motor Development

Physical-Motor Development

Children have a natural inclination for motor play activity. Therefore, the school programme should always include enough time for games. Play helps to promote children’s health and physical development. Besides, it helps to develops good social habits, of cooperation, waiting for their turn, leadership quality etc.

Creative and Aesthetic Development

  • Children find it difficult to write in the beginning. It is necessary to plan a readiness programme before formal writing is started. It has been observed that when children begin to write, they find it difficult to hold a pencil properly and use it on paper.

  • The reason for this is that their hand and finger muscles are not yet well coordinated. Creative activities like coloring and drawing, crafts etc. help in the development of muscle control and fine motor development.

  • Creative activities like paper tearing and pasting, pasting leaves, making pictures on wet ground or drawing with chalk etc. are important for the development of writing readiness.

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