My son will be starting grade 1 in September
And I wanted to know what basics I need to teach him over the summer to have him prepared enough to expect the same curriculum.
I'm not sure if this is relevant, but I am in Canada, and I tried googling this and so far, the answers were not as in depth as I would like them to be such as "your 6 year old should be fully potty trained" and "Should be able to tie their shoes with laces". That doesn't tell me anything academically lmao.
I'm embarassed to ask this because I want to teach early years stream, but I've been doing what I can. i bought those BrainQuest books from Indigo that have like hundreds of pages of stuff, so I'm hoping all that is relevant: writing, tracing, knowing colors, shapes, count to at least 20, etc.
Are there any other things my DS should be prepared for? What about emotionally? This will be a big transition in terms of jumping from daycare programming to actual school work. What are some things I can do with DS over now until september to help him gain confidence for this transition? I keep talking to him about how grade 1 is going to be very different than daycare (more work, less play) and he is NOT too happy about that, but I want to be truthful with him as much as possible so it sticks in his head, you know what I mean?
I started searching out a few possible schools I want to enroll him in. They're all out of our catchment but I want him to be in a school that has very reputable programs and a whole variety such as music, science, gym, art, etc. I just want him to be enriched, and my mom is an education administrator for our reserve and she says I need to research schools and talk to the principals to see what programs their schools have to offer my DS since grades 1-3 are the most crucial grades for learning the academic basics. The school in my municipality has a very bad reputation of being CFS (Child and Family Services) happy. My auntie was a social worker for the school in my catchment, and she said parents were targeted by race if a child forgot ski pants, or had muddy/dirty shoes, not even to the extent to cause much concern, so I do NOT want to send my son to the school. Plus, it's French immersion and french is mandatory, and I have NO knowledge with the French language.
Any help/advice is appreciated!