Starting school for the first time is an important experience in the lives of children and their families.
The wondering about school resources provide schools with an opportunity to connect with families and early education and care services to support children with their transition to school.
The resources also give Prep and kindergarten-aged children opportunities to connect with each other, share their experiences and build a sense of belonging in their community to make a positive start to school. It encourages current Prep students to represent and communicate their thoughts, feelings and experiences of when they started school to support kindergarten-aged children with their transition.
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children's investigations booklet, work with Prep students and their families to share supportive messages about starting school and distribute the booklet to the new children who are entering Prep.
The instruction guide and samples provide suggestions for creating and using the booklet and associated resources in a way that best suits the school. The suggestions should be used as a guide only.
children's investigations booklet instruction guide provides suggestions for creating and using the booklet and associated resources.
The guide includes suggested timelines and approaches, conversation starters, resource list and tips for creating the booklet.
Schools are encouraged to use the wondering about school: children's investigations booklet in a way that best suits their school. The suggestions in this document should be used as a guide only.
Start creating your new wondering about school booklet.
Download the booklet, work with Prep students and their families to share supportive messages about starting school and distribute the booklet to the new children and families who are entering Prep.
To help you complete the booklet, you can view some completed examples.
Starting school poster—Early childhood services and schools are encouraged to display the poster and share the activity ideas with families who are transitioning to school.