In a few days, many children who were still in kindergarten will be promoted to first grade and become elementary school students! For children, this is a very important turning point in life and the beginning of a new life. From then on, the children began to study for 16 or even 20 years. It can be said that the accumulation and cultivation of children in these ten or twenty years almost determines their lifelong direction and happiness. So, for parents whose children are about to enter first grade, how should they face it and how should they prepare? Youma specially consulted with Teacher Chen Qi from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and many outstanding primary school teachers around her to help you sort out very valuable and practical suggestions, which are worth learning from! (If you want to know more about Teacher Chen Qi’s wonderful lectures, you can click at the end of the article to read the original text.) Parents, get ready to accept new identities and new challenges! Compared with the kindergarten where I stayed all day, taking care of meals and lunch breaks, primary school life is completely different. In most primary schools, classes start around 8 a.m. and end around 3 p.m. There are no canteens and no place for lunch breaks. This means that you have to get up early to prepare breakfast, and then rush to send the children to school before going to work; rush to pick up the children at noon, prepare lunch, and then send the children to school after the lunch break; although you have not finished work yet at around 3 p.m. But you still have to pick up the children and prepare dinner… With work and children at your fingertips, this is almost the most stressful time for every parent. It would be much easier if there are elderly people to help with transportation and cooking. If the elderly do not help take care of the children when they are old, that is their duty. If the elderly are willing to help, it is a blessing. Cherish it! Being a parent of a primary school student is bound to not be easy, but spending time with your child through his most important childhood is also a valuable experience for parents themselves. So, arrange your work and time, and face it bravely! Buy school supplies to give your children a sense of freshness and anticipation. Schoolbags: The shoulder straps should be thick and cushioned so that they are comfortable to carry and not tight on the shoulders; if there are reflective strips on the front of the schoolbag, it can be a good reminder of the vehicles behind you. To a certain extent, the safety of children’s travel is ensured. Stationery box: The pattern should be simple, the capacity should be large, and it should be easy to access. It is best not to have too many fancy functions. Some pencil boxes have various small mirrors and small buttons that pop out pen sharpeners and small drawers when pressed. Such toy-like pencil boxes will induce children to play with them in class, distracting their attention, and making the listening effect worse. Pencils: At the beginning of first grade, you won’t write much in class, but you will gradually start writing more, so you should sharpen 5 or 6 pencils at home for backup. Pencil sharpener: It is recommended to use a pencil sharpener instead of a knife for children, because it is too easy for younger children to cut their fingers with a knife. You can buy a large rocker pencil sharpener to keep at home to sharpen a lot of pencils, and then buy a small one to put in the pencil case at school for emergencies. Eraser: Ordinary 2B or 4B soft erasers will do. Don’t buy scented ones, which may contain unhealthy volatile substances; and don’t buy ones with too novel and fun shapes to prevent children from playing with them in class. Ruler: Triangle and protractor are basically not used in first gradeFor these things, a ruler is enough. It is best to use a ruler that draws straight lines and wavy lines at the same time. It can make different marks on the book and is easy to use. Booklet: Many schools issue them uniformly. If the school does not issue them, you can buy a few vocabulary books, pinyin books, and Tianzi books for use in Chinese classes; buy a few small draft books and small arithmetic books for math classes. Colored file bags (or folders): Prepare 2 to 3 large file folders or file bags of different colors and label the subjects. When there are homework or test papers, put the same subjects together to help cultivate children\’s habit of sorting and summarizing. Kettle and handkerchief: You won’t need a thermos cup when school starts in the fall, so just prepare an ordinary kettle with boiled water in it, not juice or drinks; stuff a handkerchief or facial tissue into your child’s schoolbag for emergencies. Who will tutor the first-grade children in their studies? There is a very pertinent saying in the education circle: It is more effective to pay attention to the first grade students seriously for one month than to pay attention to them for one year in the sixth grade! Although the knowledge in first grade is simple and the workload is not much, children have not yet developed any good habits in learning and need to start from scratch! Therefore, no matter mother or father, at least one person must pay full attention to the child for a whole year. It\’s a little tiring now. Once the children have developed a good habit, it will become easier as time goes by. If you leave it to the elderly now and \”spread it\” yourself, you will have to put in a lot of effort in junior high school and high school, and it may not be effective. What do you need to focus on in first grade? The core task of the entire first grade is definitely not the small amount of knowledge in the textbook, nor the scores on the test paper, but the following things: (1) Let the children develop the habit of \”complete homework first and then play\”. Almost 99% of children are \”procrastinators\”. If you can watch TV for a while longer, you will never do your homework first; if you can put off things until tomorrow, you will never do them today. Moreover, once procrastination becomes a habit, it is really difficult to change. Not only will you procrastinate in studies, but you will also become a lazy person in life. Therefore, starting from the first grade of your child, you must let him know that he must finish his homework before going to play, just like a mother who always starts preparing dinner as soon as she gets home from get off work, instead of watching two episodes of a TV series before going in a hurry. Buy groceries. (2) Accompanying children to do homework When accompanying first-grade children to do homework, in addition to providing guidance on knowledge, we should also focus on two things: sitting posture and handwriting. Not paying attention to correcting the child\’s sitting posture and letting the child sit crookedly will not only lead to myopia because the eyes are too close to the book, but also easily induce deformation of the spine and bones, seriously affecting the child\’s health. The correct posture of holding the pen, the order of writing, and the frame structure are all the keys to practicing good calligraphy. No matter what kind of exam, neat and clear handwriting is always pleasing to the teacher\’s eyes and will give you extra points as appropriate. In addition, holding the pen correctly and writing neatly can also significantly improve writing speed. You know, junior high school and high school require a lot of writing. Writing quickly and well is a very important skill. (3) Create a reading atmosphere at home. If you want your children to fall in love with reading, you must first prepare reading-related hardware at home, and at least clear out a small corner., set up a small bookshelf that is easy to access, put more picture books and children\’s books suitable for the child\’s age, and then put a comfortable small chair or small cushion. Of course, parents who develop the habit of flipping through books, magazines, and newspapers after get off work are the best examples for their children. Never be late when picking up your children from school. Foreign scholars once conducted an interesting survey: Children who are often picked up early in a class tend to have stronger self-confidence and self-esteem than other children. However, the child who is always picked up first will have a stronger vanity. In contrast, children who are always picked up last and whose parents are always late tend to be more introverted and even have low self-esteem. Although in the eyes of adults, it doesn\’t matter if you pick up your children early or late, as long as you take them home. But in the eyes of young and insecure children, the sooner or later their parents appear represents the degree to which their parents pay attention to them. In fact, we can imagine how uncomfortable it feels for the child who is always the last to be picked up, watching his classmates leave with smiles one by one, and only himself is left in the end, as if his parents no longer want him. Therefore, parents of first-grade children, please do not ignore this matter. There is no need to pick up your children from school too early, just be consistent with most parents, but try not to be late. Finally, I wish all the children who are about to enter first grade good luck and safety!