Helping Your Preschooler Prepare for Tests

Tests will be an inevitable part of your child as he/she starts his learning journey with a school. Even the exams he/she takes in preschool needs to be taken care off as it will indicate how well he/she is learning with the school. While the children put in the effort to study, parents can also help the children in studying.

One such school that prepares your child well is Chiltern House preschool. Their curriculum will prepare your child adequately for primary school with its primary-school focused programme. Your child will learn linguistics, Mathematics, Science, language skills and social awareness skills needed to excel in his/her coming years ahead. If you are serious about giving your child a good start, you should check them out.

Now, let’s look at some ways the parents can help the children.

 

1) Test skills
Most of the skill sets required for writing an exam is taught in school, such as time management, organized preparation and writing methods. Preschool in Singapore gives mock tests for students to give them an experience of the test. Parents have a role in helping the child to practice at home along with support and a desirable environment to study

2) Healthy study habits
One of the best ways to help a child prepare for exams is not during exams but preparing much in advance. For this a healthy study habit must be established. Make sure that they have a study table which is away from any kind of distraction for the child, make sure that you are available to clarify the doubts of the child when necessary. A healthy diet is also important to perform well for the exams, it is important to have a rich diet which contains enough carbohydrates and proteins.

Melissa Tan from CNA writes about 7 ways parents can instil good study habits in their preschoolers.

 

REMOVE DISTRACTIONS

Set rules, such as no smartphones or televisions while studying.

“Having a conducive learning environment for a child can make a world of a difference,” says Feodora Tang, academic director at the The Learning Lab. “The television should be switched off, electronic devices kept out of sight, and ambient sounds kept to a minimum.”

An uninterrupted study session is also created when you remove disruptions, like having to sharpen another pencil, or going into another room to look for a stapler. So, make sure to have everything your child needs ― stationary, notebooks, a dictionary, and so on ― within the study space.

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3) Communication with the teacher
Having a healthy communication with the teacher is important in order to help the child deal with areas of weakness only the teacher can say. In case of not able finding a solution for questions, try to approach the teachers. Most teachers are happy to help the students any way possible. Activities and games can be used to study certain concepts and subjects, so be aware of them to use them effectively.

4) Individuality
Remember that each child is different and they have different methods of studying that help. Understanding your child is important to use the right tactics and method, personalizing them can help to use them to their maximum potential. One of the mistakes parents do is that they generalize children and think if it works with the other kid, it’ll work with mine too.

5) Confidence building
This is very important as the confidence plays a huge role in the outcome of any task we do. Confidence helps the child to be relaxed during exams and avoid nervousness. Nervousness usually causes children to forget whatever they studied which causes the child to under perform.

In conclusion, having a visible plan and knowing how to assist your child in taking steps on his/her learning journey is very important. These are not just about tackling the preschool years, this is about setting your child up with good learning habits and giving them a positive journey that will affect their life potential in the years ahead.