Are You Ready for School?
Trust, Collaboration and Enquiry Between Parents and Teachers
By Andrew Oberthur
Are you thinking of enrolling your child into school next year? You might have heard the term ‘school readiness’ – but what does it really mean? Starting school is a big step for all children and their parents.
In this book, experienced primary school principal, Andrew Oberthur, provides a detailed roadmap of how you, your child and the school can make the move into primary school a successful one for everyone. Andrew uses personal stories, coupled with knowledge from some of Australia’s leading educators and parenting experts to provide genuine insight into getting your child ‘school ready’.
Full of communication tips and insights into how schools operate and how to navigate issues that could eventuate. It also explores current issues like remote learning and technology to help parents and their children be prepared for the new and exciting world of primary school.
Andrew Oberthur has been a teacher for over thirty years and a primary school principal for more than twenty of these. He is a popular speaker, presenter, and facilitator of workshops on ‘creating a culture of trust, collaboration and enquiry between teachers and parents.’
A strong resource for parents and teachers! I’ll certainly be recommending it on my school travels.
- Madonna King, journalist and author of Ten-Ager
I think the trio of key concepts—trust-collaboration-enquiry is dynamite. I found this very helpful for any relationship.
- Steve Biddulph, psychologist and author of Raising Boys and Raising Girls
The warm, reassuring, and personal advice from Andrew in his book is extremely helpful. We are not all created expert parents and it is good to know how to make decisions at this time. A lot of parents I know fret about the decisions.
- Dr Matthew McLean, parent
Starting school is an exciting, yet daunting time for children transitioning from kindergarten to primary school. Equally, parents also go through a similar transition, with mixed emotions of anxiety and joy knowing their child will foster new friendships and enter a new learning environment. Andrew Oberthur’s book is aimed at squashing some of those trepidations and understanding your role as a parent to collaborate with the teachers and the Principal.
- Richard and Katrina Kretschmer, parents.