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5 Tips to Prepare Your Child for Preschool to Primary 1 Transitioning

By LingoAce SG Team |SG |November 12, 2023

Preschool - SG

Transitioning from preschool to primary school

The process of transitioning from a fun preschool classroom environment to a new setting of primary school is a significant step in your child's educational journey. Ensuring a smooth transition requires thorough preparation, understanding preschool classroom rules, and getting ready for primary school. 

To make this shift smoother, it's vital to understand and instill preschool classroom rules in your child early. Encouraging discipline and fostering focus early on will aid in adapting to the more structured environment of primary school. This includes building good habits such as following routines, interacting with more classmates, and adhering to school regulations. 

LingoAce has put together some tips to help your kid quickly adapt to primary school life, including learning Chinese, a crucial aspect of their education. 

1. Things to bring on day 1 of Primary School 

As your child makes the exciting transition from preschool to primary school, it's essential to ensure they are well-prepared for their first day. The first day of school is a nerve-wrecking experience for your child, as they are forced into a new environment with unfamiliar faces and new stimulus.      Here's a helpful checklist of supplies to bring along to ensure that your child is all ready to learn! 

Educational Supplies

School Bag: Choose a sturdy and comfortable school bag that can comfortably accommodate your child's books, notebooks, and other essentials. Look for one with ample compartments and ergonomic design to ensure it's not too heavy for them to carry. P.S. carrying a cute and colourful bag like LingoAce’s one is a sure way to gain the envy of your child’s classmates to make friends! 

Pencil Case: A well-organized pencil case is essential. Fill it with a variety of writing and drawing tools like wooden pencils, colored pencils, sharpeners, and pens. Having a neatly arranged pencil case will help your child stay organized and ready for all their school tasks. 

Erasers and Rulers: Include high-quality erasers that can easily correct mistakes without smudging, and rulers that are marked clearly for accurate measurements. These are fundamental tools for your child's daily lessons.


Everyday Essentials

A trusty coin pouch is essential for your child, as food has to be brought from the canteen instead of being provided by the school, unlike in kindergarden and preschools. For your child, buying food at the canteen for the first time can be very exciting. As a start, it would be wise for you to buy an Elastic Spring key chain to ensure that your child does not lose their wallet.

As a start, your primary school would usually assign a senior prefect (Primary 3 and above) as a “buddy” to accompany your child during their recess break. However, your child should also practice certain dialogues to order food, and learn about handling money to be well-prepared.

Here at LingoAce, our Chinese lessons focuses on everyday conversations including ordering of food, saving habits and more to build Chinese proficiency for your child.

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Additionally, water bottles are also essential to keep your child hydrated throughout the day to be more focused during the long lessons in primary school. Don't forget to prepare rain gear, especially if your child's school doesn't provide shelter during rainy weather. Raincoats or umbrellas will ensure your child stays dry and comfortable on wet days.

2. Getting ready for Primary 1 Chinese

Besides getting the necessary supplies, like textbooks and stationery, focusing on Primary 1 Chinese is also important. Familiarizing your child with the basics of Primary 1 Chinese or enhancing their foundation in preschool Chinese will be beneficial for their linguistic development. This could involve learning basic characters, phonetics, and simple conversational phrases. Basic Characters 

  • Learning common Chinese characters such as 你 (nǐ - you), 我 (wǒ - I/me), 他 (tā - he/him), 她 (tā - she/her), and 好 (hǎo - good). 

  • Recognizing and writing numbers from 1 to 10: 一 (yī), 二 (èr), 三 (sān), 四 (sì), 五 (wǔ), 六 (liù), 七 (qī), 八 (bā), 九 (jiǔ), 十 (shí). 


  • Understanding the pronunciation of Pinyin, the Romanization system for Mandarin Chinese. For example, knowing that "zh" sounds like the English "j" as in "jacket" (e.g., 中国 - zhōng guó, meaning China). 

  • Practicing the four tones in Chinese Hanyu Pinyin (first tone, second tone, third tone, and fourth tone) and how they affect the meaning of words. 

   Simple Conversational Phrases 

  • Greetings: 你好 (nǐ hǎo - Hello), 谢谢 (xiè xiè - Thank you), 不客气 (bù kè qì - You're welcome). 

  • Basic questions and answers: 你叫什么名字?(nǐ jiào shén me míng zì? - What is your name?), 我叫[Name] (wǒ jiào [Name] - My name is [Name]). 

As part of the primary school preparation, it's essential to assist your child in understanding the importance of Primary 1 Chinese studies. Equipping them with early exposure or reinforcing their existing knowledge from preschool Chinese will give them a head start in embracing the language curriculum. This will help them adapt more seamlessly to the language lessons and cultural aspects introduced in the primary school setting.

3. Handling Separation Anxiety when Transitioning from Preschool to Primary 1 

Starting primary school is a huge step up for your little one and they move from one life stage to another. Your child may have separation anxiety since he/she is unfamiliar with the new surroundings and is not used to spending extended periods of time away from parents. Don't worry if your child is still acting out of control, displaying symptoms of separation anxiety, and complaining about going to formal school.

To ease the transitioning, you can help by talking about what to expect as a primary school student and the exciting experiences that await them. One way to do so is to share your own fond memories of starting school back in the day, including basic school rules to encourage your child and help them build confidence and enthusiasm for primary school life.  On the very first day of school, it is common for parents to stay around for a bit to ensure that your child is reassured, to familiarise themselves with the new primary school environment. However, make sure that you encourage them to interact with their teachers and future classmates instead of sticking by your child throughout.    Arrive on time to pick up your child at the end of the school day, and make sure to ask your child about their feelings and experiences on their first day of school. Let them know you're genuinely interested in their lives and will make them feel important and valued. You can do so by asking about what they have learnt throughout the day, as well as the new friends they have met along the way! 

With your unconditional support and understanding, your child would be encouraged to be brave and develop a routine to the primary 1 life to be independent in no time! 

4. Understanding the Lesson Timetable 

Unlike preschool, primary school students will study more subjects, and the daily class schedules will vary. They will also spend more time at school. 

So, the first thing to do is to make sure your child understands the importance of the class timetable, knows how to read it, and can adjust their study routine accordingly. Make sure to show your child how to pack their own schoolbags based on the subjects for the day to build independence and confidence for the day ahead!

5. Create a Dedicated Learning Space at Home

Children often have a shorter attention span, and your child can easily get distracted while studying. By setting up a special "study space" for them, whether it's a dedicated study room or a well-organized area in a common space, you can help them focus on their homework. 

Ensure good lighting, a quiet environment, and an absence of clutter in the study area. Let your child choose their own chair and desk and allow them to arrange it according to their preferences. If they like their study space, it may boost their motivation for learning and reading. 

In essence, as your child transitions from the familiarity of the preschool classroom to the structured environment of primary school, ensuring a grasp of preschool classroom rules, adequate preparation, and a focus on Primary 1 Chinese will significantly aid in their educational journey. LingoAce stands ready to support your child's linguistic growth and assist in their successful transition to primary school. 

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