1. Logistics – Following my posts on P1 preps, I guessed we had sorted out the necessities such as bag, books, uniforms, shoes and labelling from the very start. I had started shopping and preparing these in mid/late Oct and was sufficiently ready by mid Nov. Even if I had really missed out anything, it would be a case of ignorance, rather than a lack of consideration.
2. Academic – To me, as long as Z could read, write and talk, that was sufficient preparation for primary school. As long as he was consistent and knew that his primary role was to pay attention in school, we were really chill on that. I really wanted him to enjoy primary school for as long as he could before the grind of studying get to him.
3. EQ – Leveraging on TV programs which showcased primary school lives, real life stories of his older friends in primary school and our own experiences, we prepped Z on possible scenarios of making friends, bullying, thefts and tricky situations involving money.
Helping my son to make new friends within his class & school was probably the best gift I could prepare for his primary school. He now looked forward to seeing his new playmates at class.
Regarding money, I reiterated that he should not spend on unnecessary items such as snacks and sugary drinks which would make him fat, waste money and potentially make him fall sick. All savings would go towards his toys’ fund. He decided he would bring packet milo from home since it cost 60cents to buy from NTUC and 90cents to buy from school. In a serious manner, he asked if he had to pay the 60cents to me. My in laws suggested to him to bring sandwich to school and pocket the allowance wholly. 😂
I reminded him not to borrow money or buy stationery. I also prepped him on what happened if his friends wanted to borrow money and if he should lend money to friends who did not return money.
Alerting my son on the possibilities of meeting bullies got him to think about what to do if older kids try to take his money or beat him up. He discussed with us on what he should do and where he should run such as running to hide, or running to his friends, to the canteen vendors or the school’s office. He deduced that he ought to go to the office, inform the teacher and let his teacher inform the bully’s teacher, who might in turn inform the principal and who would make the decision if it should be reported to police. 😂
He was concerned about what if he was not able to buy food. I taught him to decide if he wanted to eat rice or noodles for the day. If he picked rice, then start thinking if he wanted Malay rice or Chicken rice. Z looked at me at said he wanted Nasi Lemak but was afraid of calling it by the wrong name. I assured him the canteen vendors would help him, so would his P5 buddy. He wondered if the canteen vendors would mistake him for a P2 and if the P5 buddy would help him till end of P1. 😂😂😂
He also asked if primary school teachers would be fierce and how he could make them like him. We had been having so many conversations on primary school since start of the year that I reckoned we had answered many of his doubts.