Which Elementary School To Choose?

Your son or daughter is just out of the diapers and meanwhile already on the way to the next milestone: school. An exciting time for the standing four-year-old and also for you. Because you want to choose the best school for your child.

“Is it a cheerful bunch or is it tidy?”

The best time to enroll your child at a school is when your child turns three years. Some schools have waiting list so it is better to be aware of it and be on time. There are approximately thousands of primary schools, of which one third is public and two thirds are special.

Choose a public or special primary school?

Public schools are open to children of every religion or ideology. At special school, your child receives lessons from a religious or philosophical belief. This is also called special education. Special schools are often open to all children, regardless of the background they have. Examples include Roman Catholic, Protestant-Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Hindu or free schools. The special schools generally base their teaching on a particular pedagogical view, such as Montessori, Dalton, Jenaplan and Freinet schools. For children who have difficulty in learning, have a disability or for the students who are struggling with behavioral problems, there are special education. They will receive extra attention and care.

What does a child learn at primary school?

Legally required subjects such English, mathematics, orientation on yourself and the world, artistic orientation and physical education occur at all types of primary schools. But it’s not about learning facts alone. The development of social, cultural and physical skills are also important for a child. Schools should also pay attention to a good working posture through which the children can stand up for his or her own opinion. It develops self-confidence and the way of learning to deal with each other in a respectful way is encouraged by schools.

The school guide helps with a school choice

So there are all kinds of schools that, within the set guidelines, each give their own interpretation to the curriculum. With the help of the internet you can gather specific information about the schools in your area. Most schools have a website with the school guide. Here you will find not only the views and working methods of the school, but it also helps to find the objectives and it’s results. It is nice when you come across questions and answers about the school, some schools post this on their website. Not sure which school to choose for your child? A school guide is a valuable tool for the comparison of different schools.

Choosing important considerations at a primary school

Before you contact a school for an introductory meeting, you should inquire with ‘experienced expert’ parents to know more about the school. In practice, choosing a location is usually the deciding factor of a primary school. Is the school near your house, or is it on the route to work? Can your child safely cover this route in the future? Is it logical that parents take this into account. Another consideration is to which school friends and girlfriends go. Parents and children are also sensitive for this.

Choice Primary school? Use your senses!

Where do you choose as a parent at a primary school? The following questions can help:

  • What does the school building look like?
  • Is it dark inside or very light?
  • Is it a cheerful bunch with drawings or is it tidy?
  • Does it smell fresh, are windows open or is it hot and stuffy?
  • Does the schoolyard have climbing frames, can children play safely?
  • Are the toilets clean?

Before the introductory meeting with the director or teacher let yourself be shown around the school and focus your senses. This is very important.

Feel free to ask for help at a primary school

If the introductory meeting starts then you have a reasonable picture of the school after doing homework and the guided tour. Now it’s time for questions. Only by asking specific questions you will find out which school suits your child. For example, you can ask questions about school costs and school activities, what is expected from the parents? What does a school day look like, what are the school times and how is it left over? Is there a day nursery or out-of-school care connected to the school? Does your child learn to work with computers? Is it evaluated in letters, numbers or in words and how big are the groups? Feel free to ask these and many more questions. It helps you to take stock at the bottom of the line and thus make a good choice of school.

Choose primary school checklist

Below is the ‘Select primary school checklist’ in which a few points of attention are listed:

  • Is it a small or big school?
  • Is it neat?
  • Does the school look cozy or inspiring?
  • Is there a playground and is it shielded from the street?
  • Is there a separate protected place for the little ones?
  • How are the groups classified?
  • Which teaching methods are used?
  • Can children get used to the classroom before they become four?
  • Do the toddlers go to school for a full week from the first day?
  • Can you keep them for a day in the first period when they are very tired?
  • How does the school deal with play and learning?
  • What is being done about bullying?
  • How often and when do children receive a report?
  • When will the results be discussed with parents?
  • How does the school deal with weak and good students?
  • How are the performances of the school? What does the flow to secondary education look like, of what level is this?

Tips To Help Your Child Learn To Read

  1. Visit the information evening

All schools will held an information evening at the beginning of the spring where you can meet the teacher. You will receive an explanation about what your child will learn this academic year and usually you can also view materials. Go especially to this evening. You hear how your child learns to read and get tips for home.

  1. View the parent pages of Safe Learning Reading

If your child learns to read in school with Safe Learning Reading, it is nice to occasionally view the parent pages with this method. There you can see exactly what your child learns at the time in group 3. You will also find language and reading games to practice with your child at home.

  1. Read together 10-15 minutes every day

Try to read every day for fifteen minutes with your child. Do this preferably at a fixed time, then it will automatically become a routine. Reading a short day every day is more effective than an hour once a week. Do not intervene too quickly if your child makes mistake. Wait a moment to help or improve. But do not let your child wrestle too long with a difficult word. If your child becomes frustrated, say the word and let your child read the word again. If your child reads a difficult word or corrects an error yourself, you show that this is good. Extensive prices are not necessary, but by a nod or a ‘yes’ or thumbs up your child knows that he has read it correctly. Finish reading together in a fun way, for example by reading it out for yourself.

  1. For – choir – itself

A pleasant way of reading that is also easy to do at home is to read the same text several times in the order ‘for – choir – yourself’ (as it is called in jargon). First you read the text loudly (possibly several times). Your child is there and indicates the words you read. Then you read aloud the text together (in choir). Your child must adapt to your pace and not the other way around. Read at a normal reading speed. Do this one or more times. Finally, your child only reads the text.

  1. Get reading books at home

An important way to make your child interested in books is to have reading books at home.

  1. Have your child practice with a fun app

There are all sorts of fun apps with which children can practice learning letters and learning to read. Many children like to play with letters and reading in a playful way.

Give your child reading pleasure

The most important thing in learning to read is that your child will enjoy learning to read. Make a party of the weekly trip to the library, let your child stay up for a quarter of an hour to read, grab a book together and get cozy on the couch. The more fun a child has in reading, the more he will read. And the more your child reads, the more fun he gets (because reading costs less and less and your child builds up a larger vocabulary). Which makes him read more, and so on. Investing in reading pleasure pays off!

Questions To Ask Daycare Center

The questions to ask daycare center will depend on the type of daycare that you have selected to visit with your child. The majority of parents will possibly be at least visiting one long daycare center to gauge if this is a suitable option. The questions to ask daycare center below cover most types of daycare centers.

Management Structure

Establish if the business is owned by a corporation or if it is a family owned and operated daycare center. If it is a corporation, who is in charge (Director) and how long have they been at the center? Do they appear to be experienced and professional? If it is a family operated center is the owner a childcare qualified person or do they have a qualified employee to cover the regulations? It is up to you to decide which ownership structure suits you best.

Staffing of Daycare Center

The ration of child per staff in each age group is governed by regulators. Some daycare centers may for one reason or another (room layout, size, design etc.) may have a lesser child to staff ratio than the regulators require. The less children, staff have to care for, the more time they can devote to each child.

It is very important that you ask for the qualifications of all staff, so you can judge if the daycare center is operating on the minimum levels or have more senior qualified staff than required by regulation. If your child is of Pre-School age, you would require at least one qualified early childhood teacher in their room.

Daycare Center Policy

Both small and large daycare centers must have written policies. Ask to see a written copy of these policies and procedures which should cover their philosophy, aims, values and the operational guidelines of the daycare center. Topics covered will include hours of operation, fees, collection procedures, late fees, programs, meals, accidents, illnesses and emergencies, discipline and behavioral issues etc.

Daycare Center Programs Offered

Do the programs offered by the daycare center give a variety of balanced educational programs for all age ranges? Do you think the programs offered reflect your child’s individual needs, abilities and interests? Do you think they will enhance all areas of your child’s development? Ask what time is spent on planned educational programs and on free play?

Daycare Center Activities Offered

Question what type of activities are planned for each day of the week and the length of those activities? Young children don’t have a long attention span, they require a choice of activities that they can participate in and change around. Activities such as reading, painting, drawing, cutting out and build objects. Ask if the daycare center has excursions or outings such as visits to interesting places or maybe even swimming lessons.

Conclusion of Questions To Ask Daycare Center

There are many questions to ask daycare center on your visit. Take notes on the questions you ask, so when comparing daycare centers you will remember. Two more questions to ask daycare center are: What meals are provided and the standard of these meal, are they healthy? If no meals are provided enquire as to what they expect you to provide your child to eat and drink. This could range from a snack to a lunch. What is the procedure if you are running late to collect your child? Do costs occur for collecting after closing hours and how the pick up is arranged?