Often, when a special child has to leave primary school and go to secondary, parents are plagued by excitement. They do not know how their child will cope with the transition from office to office, whether he will be able to increase the academic load, whether he can establish interaction with new teachers and make friends with one of the older classmates.
Working together with your child, working with teachers at school, you can smooth out the traumatic effect of changes in your child’s life. This process can take time from several months to six months, but the result will not be long in coming. Here are ten tips to help your special child survive these difficult times.
1. Chat with the director
Even before your child begins classes in a new capacity, arrange a meeting with the school principal (if this is not possible, then at least a class teacher) in order to better imagine the conditions in which your special child will be in the near future. Here are some questions you should ask:
- Does the school have special classrooms for children with special needs?
- Does the school have co-educational classes?
- Does the school have a parent committee, how often are parent meetings held? (We mean real meetings, not events "for show")
- There are special facilities at the school for special children to relax, what time does it take to bring a child and pick him up?
- Who can help special children during lunch?
- Does the school have a program for studying with children during the summer holidays - joint field trips, going to museums, walking around the city?
2. Explore the area
Take photos and videos of the school and individual classrooms. Prepare her plan. Learn with your child how, where and why he needs to go, using the plan and photos. If you can visit a school with your special child before the start of the school year, then do it so that he is used to a new place and works out the knowledge gained earlier from photos and videos.
3. Identify the opportunities that you have
Different schools offer different programs and approaches to teaching special children. Explore what choices are available to you, determine what suits your child best. From the point of view of the organization of the educational process, for example, you may have some of the following options:
- Classes with special programs where classes are held by psychologists.
- Classes with separate special classes for special children and general education in the remaining time.
- Speech therapy classes for special children with general education in the remaining time.
- Classes with joint training in general subjects.
4. Meet other parents
Find parents of other special children who have already attended this school. Talk to them to find out in detail what your child’s life will be like in her, what to prepare for and what to expect. Remember that parents and teachers can vary greatly in their assessment of the same situations, and that the experience of the parent is different from that of the teacher. If you can organize a parent committee yourself - do it. You do not have to create an official organization, you need to have a circle of people to whom you can always turn for help and information. Do not lock yourself in, communicate, be active!
Exams at St Pauls for girls
The school offers samples of exam papers in English, mathematics and the general scientific exam (you can see them here). The general science exam school calls comprehension. View options for previous exam papers and try to do them - this is a good indicator of the expected level of preparation for exams of this complexity.
The exams at St Paul’s Girls ’are designed to test your child’s ability to think and think. In this case, memorizing mathematical rules and rules for understanding the text will not help. Girls should be able to apply mathematical and grammatical knowledge to new problems and situations.
The math exam tests this by offering abstract mathematical problems rather than simple mathematical examples. Studying the “how” and “why” math laws work will help your child add to passing the exam.
The English exam tries to get girls to understand both the narrative and the writing technique. Great attention is paid to how and why the author writes in one way or another. Girls should be able to identify and use metaphors, as well as describe how and why metaphors have such an effective literary impact.
The most unique and unlike other exam required to pass at St Paul’s Girls ’is the exam, which the school calls Comprehension. This is not a standard exam for comprehension, and it is aimed at identifying girls who have been trained to pass the exams and, in reality, may not be able to withstand the intense academic load at school.
The examination questions for this exam are designed in such a way that it is impossible to prepare for it. In questions, material will be offered in the form of articles, graphs, documents, in principle, anything. And the girls will be asked to understand the material and then draw conclusions and comments on it. To prepare for this exam, girls must have a healthy desire to study, a sense of curiosity and the ability to overcome fear of the unknown. Studying non-traditional educational materials (such as scientific journals) is the best way to prepare for such an exam.
At the interview, it will be revealed whether the child has a sincere interest in school or not. The simplest questions like “Why do you want to enroll in St Paul’s Girls” can already demonstrate this. Girls should be well informed about the state of affairs in the country and in the world (read newspapers for several months in a row in preparation for an interview) and be able to discuss them. They should feel comfortable talking with adults and demonstrate their intelligence. An interview is not a good time to be shy.
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Principle one: gradually “let go of the reins”
In the first class, you want, you do not want, but you will have to do homework with the child. Correct the incorrect inclination of letters, help in drawing up phonetic schemes of words, solving problems and examples. In addition, the child experiences stress throughout the first year of school, and he simply needs your constant support and praise in the learning process. Do not leave him alone with lessons, at least for the first time
Just do not make the common mistake of many parents: do homework with the child, but not for him. If he is at a loss for spelling «zhi’ and ш shi ’, ask him to remember the rule. Can not solve the problem about apples, use visual aids in the form of these same apples. That is, lead him to the right decision, but do not call him. And most importantly - be patient. Of course, anyone can lose their temper with the inability to add 5 and 5. But remember that for you this is a trifle, and for the baby it’s a difficult thought process.
As the child learns new knowledge, skills, change tactics. Disassemble the task of the exercise together, perform it orally, then invite the student to finish the work himself. The final stage is the student's independent homework. But an obligatory point on your part should remain its verification. And, of course, consultations during its implementation.
Principle two: learn to work with alternative sources
When doing homework, do not limit yourself to the textbook material. Today there is no shortage of children's encyclopedias, reference books, educational books and other "developmental books." Use thematic and reference books, Internet resources, take life examples.
So, while studying the topic “Peter the Great”, consider the picture of Valentin Serov “Peter I”. Explain to your child in accessible terms that this painting symbolizes the significance of the great reformer’s transformations for Russia: the creation of the Russian fleet, the construction of St. Petersburg ... This is how he strides through history: broadly, confidently, without looking back, and nobles, overcoming the wind (his inertness ), forced to keep up with him. Broaden the horizons of the student
Similarly, you can "beat" any topic. This technique will expand the horizons of the student, arouse interest in the material being studied, and will contribute to its better memorization. So you educate the child in the need for additional knowledge and the ability to find them outside the scope of the textbook.
Principle Three: Train Your Computer
The need for computer skills is obvious today. Almost from the first grade, children are regularly asked to write reports, essays, create projects, as well as presentations. Moreover, the requirements for these works are such that in weight and volume they often resemble dissertations. If not doctoral, then certainly candidate.
It is difficult to imagine a child who would independently create these opuses, and not every parent can do it. But these are the dictates of the time: a primary school student should be able to handle a computer not only at the level of “shooters” and social networks. He will need the ability to work in a text and graphic editor, find information in search engines and edit it, create presentations using special programs. Learn to work at the computer. Do not play, but master the program!
Teaching children to work on a computer can be skillfully woven into the material of the school curriculum. For example, combine learning the alphabet with learning the keyboard. Tasks such as “emphasize an unstressed vowel” or “emphasize nouns (adjectives, verbs)” will also contribute to the development of not only computer literacy, but literacy in general. Editing information on the site, teach your child to highlight the topic and main idea of the content, make a plan, consistently state the essence of the issue. These skills are sure to come in handy when writing expositions and essays.
Preparing children for independent successful study is a process of more than one month and even a year. Try putting these principles into practice! And then your child will confidently step on the middle level of education without sacrificing academic performance.
What are the benefits of private girls' schools
Joint schools are more common today, but it is the boarding schools for girls that are considered more prestigious. Here, students use school time effectively: in such schools, they can most fully reveal their potential and excel in all disciplines, including physics, chemistry and mathematics, which were initially considered "male".
It is a well-known fact that boys and girls perceive the educational process in different ways. Girls learn the material best at the beginning of the lesson, the emotional component is important to them. Boys are more guided by facts, evidence, for them the second half of the lesson is most effective. This and many other features of students are taken into account in schools with separate education.
In addition, with separate training, girls have fewer reasons, for example, to complex because of their appearance, they do not spend time and energy to please the boys, but fully focus on learning.
It is worth considering the choice of such a school if you want your child to feel more confident and engage with full dedication.
Education at a boarding school for girls
In schools of a separate type, instruction is carried out in small classes. Here the largest percentage of the ratio of the number of teachers to the number of students. Girls read high school programs, language programs and prepare for university. There are compulsory subjects and a number of disciplines to choose from.
Private boarding schools for girls combine an individual approach with the rules of raising young ladies. Pupils of such institutions more often become leaders; it is easier for them to achieve success in their chosen profession. To achieve maximum academic performance, both traditional and modern teaching methods are used. For example, the Swiss school Survival Montreux is a member of the association of Bellevue Education schools, where an impressive part of the investment goes to modern equipment and the best teachers.
The result is serious academic achievement. So, in 2016, 64% of Queen Anne’s School students passed the GCSE high school exam with A * / A marks. Also, the authoritative publication of The Times noted the outstanding results of schoolgirls from Moreton Hall School.
5. Think about the changes between lessons.
For some special children, the most difficult in high school will be changes and transitions between classes. Discuss this with your class teacher or special mentor, if available at your school. Perhaps you will be allowed the first time to be in school and help your child with fees and transfers? Perhaps there is someone who takes care of his needs? If the problem of change is before you, try to find a solution in advance.
6. School facilities
If your school has behavioral therapy classes and a sensory room, that’s just great. If it uses the coding of individual lessons and classrooms with special colors or signs to help special children, this is also very good. Strive to ensure that the educational process is organized with concern for the possible needs of special children and maximally facilitates their stay in school.
8. Meet Teachers with Essentials for Your Child
Many parents of special children place particular emphasis on such a discipline as labor lessons. Perhaps your school has a home economics subject - try to have your child keep up with it. Your special child needs to know and understand well how to keep a budget, how to equip his life, how to cook his own food, how to make simple repairs, how to darn his socks or sew a shirt, how to choose products, how to store supplies and medicines. Teach your child this yourself, involve subject teachers in additional classes.
9. Be prepared for mistakes
Each has its own shortcomings. Your special child will definitely make mistakes at school and at home. Do not expect that everything will be fine on the first try. Try not to concentrate on failures, not to look for those responsible, but always strive to find a way out of difficulties, optimal solutions to complex problems. They learn from mistakes - for special children this is just as true as for everyone else.
10. Express gratitude
Take a closer look and you will be amazed at how many people help your special child every day of his school life. Teachers, psychologists, therapists, speech therapists, head teachers, librarians, canteen workers - find the opportunity to personally thank each of them for their assistance. Nothing is more pleasing to people than an assessment of their merits and recognition of their merits - be generous in praise and kind words!