The BBC is reporting that whilst younger children may think starting school will enable them to spend more time with their big brother or sister, new research from Australia suggests that hope is not shared by the older sibling…
…The study was carried out by academics from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, and was published in the International Journal of Early Years Education.
It looked at children from four schools and 10 pre-school services and asked them to imagine what school life might be like.
One in 10 of the predictions made involved an older sibling in some way.
The thought of being able to play with siblings during breaks was found to be is an exciting prospect for children preparing to start school.
One child who took part in the study, described her idea of school: “You will play in the playground. Do Maths. Get to see my sisters.”
However, it seems the older family members are not as keen on the idea of spending time with the little ones.
In one of the studied schools, where older children were asked to spend time in the reception class, one child dismissed the idea as “baby stuff, because my little sister is here.”
The researchers also found many older siblings are reticent about recounting what actually happens at school to their younger family members…
Do you recognise this scenario? Have you seen any approaches to over-coming the reticence of older siblings to mix with their younger brothers or sisters at school? Or is there no real value in such mixing anyway? What do you think? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…