The most important decision that one can make as a parent is whether to have a child or not. That is closely followed by the second most important decision, which is choosing which school to enrol your child. Putting them in the right direction could put them in track for a successful career in the future, we are going to take a look at some of the things that you need to know about a school before you choose to enrol your child there.
In Preschool, the Relationship Between Teacher and Student Is Key
One of the most important things in education is the connection between the child and the teacher. In their early ages, kids are surrounded by loving people, whether the parents or siblings, and preschool is actually their first time they spend so much time away. In this case, you would want a preschool teacher that is very engaged.
A good teacher should be able to talk about individual students’ strengths and weaknesses and be well informed of their background, interests, emotional and academic achievements. This is a teacher that takes great pride in his or her students’ progress and is consistently open to their improvement. Teachers that are too authoritarian, barking orders and being harsh should be avoided.
The Early Years: Words, Words, Words
During their early years, it is important that kids are surrounded by words. Be sure that the class has books and they constantly spend time in the library, not just the classroom. There should be plenty of time set aside for reading, reading instruction and storytelling. In the preschool and kindergarten years, be sure the teacher is providing the building blocks for learning to read. They should focus on syllabication, e.g., “B makes the ‘bah’ sound” and “the boy had a big blue ball.”
Math Cannot Be an Afterthought
It’s important to make sure that your child is exposed to math concepts right from the word go. In human beings of all ages, there is a certain kind of math ability seems to be innate and has been measured days after birth. Teachers should discuss basic math concepts with students. Things like greater than, less than, bigger, smaller and reinforcing the number concept. Parents are also supposed to follow up at home by doing simple things such as counting the number of apples or cheerios with their kids. A word of caution, if you did not like maths as a student, don’t tell your children about it because you’ll pass the anti-math sentiment on to them. Instead of telling children they are bad at math, encourage them by telling them to try harder next time. It is not a talent, it is something that is developed.
Don’t Focus Too Much on Standardized-Test Scores
Sometimes, good test scores can be an indication that a school is doing a very good job of educating its students, but other times it can be an indication that the school is teaching to the test. Standardized tests only measure about a third of the curriculum that should be being taught in the school, which means if the school is only teaching the test material, your child is missing out on a lot. Ideally, a school will teach a rich and complicated curriculum, wherein students get a tremendous amount of information, with the test answers embedded throughout.
There Is No Excuse for a School Day with No Recess
Recess increases the cognitive functioning of the body. It’s important to have schools with playgrounds, where the kids can play. They need a break from the rigor, at least twenty minutes a day. The same is true for middle-school and high school students, they need breaks too.
All Saint’s College
We are now going to look at one of the top schools in Perth, the All Saint’s College. This is a school that meets all of the above qualities that we have discussed. It is proudly a co-educational environment committed to meeting the needs of all students. The student population consists of 500 boys and girls with classes double streamed from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 4. In Year 5, 28 new students join the College making a triple stream in Year 5 and Year 6.
Within the College, the school believes that children should always feel safe, and should be treated with respect and kindness as they grow more resilient and develop their responsibility. Thoughtfulness is encouraged in their actions, active learning, participating enthusiastically and contributing to the life of the College and wider community.
ASC are committed to encouraging students to have a positive attitude to learning, even during the most challenging times. Each child is unique and self-reflection to encourage self-knowledge is encouraged. They get to learn what they most value and how they can most effectively contribute and achieve success. Students are encouraged to ask questions, be curious while developing research strategies as well as skill development. The team of enthusiastic teachers is at the centre of this, dedicated to optimizing learning and promote student well-being, encouraging the growth of confident, capable and resilient young people.
When looking for a primary school for your child, it is important for you to go for the right school. Some of the qualities of a good school are mentioned above, although there are more. The All Saints’ College has all of the qualities that you would need to give your child a great education.