Children need more support to transition to P1: Researchers

NIE guide for teachers, parents stresses more emotional backing and fewer worksheets

Many adults noted that it was important for their children to feel safe and secure in school, to have friends and to be able to follow the school routines.
Many adults noted that it was important for their children to feel safe and secure in school, to have friends and to be able to follow the school routines.PHOTO: ST FILE
Dr Hanin Hussain with a new guide from the National Institute of Education for parents and teachers, which aims to make the tricky transition to Primary 1 easier. Children may lose their love for learning and experience unhealthy stress if they are g
Dr Hanin Hussain with a new guide from the National Institute of Education for parents and teachers, which aims to make the tricky transition to Primary 1 easier. Children may lose their love for learning and experience unhealthy stress if they are given more and more worksheets to do, says Dr Hanin.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Children need more emotional support and fewer worksheets and spelling tests when they move from pre-school to primary school, say researchers.

Their advice is contained in a new guide from the National Institute of Education (NIE) for parents and teachers to make the tricky transition to Primary 1 easier.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline 'Children need more support to transition to P1: Researchers'. Subscribe