-by Diane Stewart
Strait Regional Centre for Education
Hello again, everyone! This month, I am sharing information with you on the Early Development Instrument (EDI). The EDI is a survey that tells us how prepared children are for school when they enter grade primary.
Every second year, in February/March, the survey is completed by grade primary teachers and gives us information about how prepared our children are for school success. The survey provides information on five different areas:
– How healthy, independent, and rested the children are;
– Children’s ability to play, get along with others, share, and show self-confidence;
– Children’s ability to concentrate on tasks, help others, show patience, and control anger/aggression;
– Children’s interest in reading and writing, as well as their ability to count and recognize numbers and shapes;
– Children’s ability to tell a story and communicate with adults and other children.
It is helpful for parents to be aware of the importance of these skills in order to help prepare children for school. In Inverness County, our children generally exhibit strength when it comes to physical health and well-being. The more we can support our children in building strong speaking and listening skills, in addition to physical health and well-being, the more success they will have in school.
Some tips to help children at home include:
– Reading with and to your children each day;
– Making a habit of having conversations with them around all sorts of things to build their vocabulary and understanding while you are at the grocery store, driving in the car, or just chatting about the weather;
– Giving them lots of play time. Play dates are a great way to allow children to practice much needed social skills; and
– Limiting screen time.
In addition, we will soon have access to an online parent library, which will have all sorts of resources around these and other timely topics. Stay tuned to this column and the Parent Navigator Facebook page for details.
The EDI survey is a Canadian-made research tool that was developed by the Oxford Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. The survey is also used to help communities/municipalities decide on supports that could be made available to help our pre-primary children (for example: early childhood programs) be better prepared to enter the school system.