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#1 ERipley

Posted 12 December 2018 - 06:56 PM

Pokémon card games? Pokémon Go? Minecraft? What TV shows?

My son is starting school next year and has a hard time socialising. I’m hoping to give him a good grounding in the “need to know” topics of conversation but I have no idea what kids are into as he’s my first.

Thank you!!

#2 T2Mum

Posted 12 December 2018 - 06:59 PM

Ninjago, Star Wars and soccer.

#3 Renovators delight

Posted 12 December 2018 - 07:02 PM

I have a son in grade 1 this year and one starting prep next year. They tell me the in things are:
Pokémon
Bey blades
Roblox
Minecraft
Football

#4 Chaotic Pogo

Posted 12 December 2018 - 07:20 PM

Agere with PPs

football trading cards

soccer

all kinds of chasey games with rules that seem to be constantly changing or modified :(

DS had an issue with understanding that basketball was 'competitive' now, he got very upset in the beginning that no-one would 'give him his turn' like was expected in kindergarten.  Once this was explained, it got a little easier for him.

#5 José

Posted 13 December 2018 - 05:05 AM

my son is FYOS this year.
PJ masks has been a popular show.
toy cars are popular.
running and chasing games.
playing on the equipment.
first year of school is too young for minecraft IMO.
there hasnt been any talk of pokemon.

#6 tiggy2

Posted 13 December 2018 - 07:11 AM

I also have a FYOS son.
They play in the sandpit a lot, and various types of tag.
LEGO is popular and anything remote control.
A lot of the boys with older siblings are into mine craft.

Maybe spend some time these holidays getting him confident on playground equipment and basic ball skills?

#7 JBH

Posted 13 December 2018 - 07:24 AM

Handball is a big one at our school, and great for my son who can be awkward with others. Practising ball skills and grace in defeat (or unfair line calls) would be good preparation.

#8 bikingbubs

Posted 13 December 2018 - 07:35 AM

Slime and handball!

#9 ~J_F~

Posted 13 December 2018 - 07:47 AM

Fortnite

#10 Jenflea

Posted 13 December 2018 - 08:23 AM

Dinosaurs

#11 AllyK81

Posted 13 December 2018 - 08:28 AM

My DS is FYOS next year. No Pokémon or Minecraft.

We are generally screen free but one thing he did come home from kinder talking about was PJ Masks so we do let him watch the occasional episode of that.

Lego is huge, star wars, ninjas, superheros, dinosaurs. Lots of physical activity - he loves playing running races.

#12 robhat

Posted 13 December 2018 - 08:32 AM

It'll depend a bit on the mix of kids at your school. There is usually a crowd that are into computer games, sometimes Minecraft, but also various Nintendo Switch games and the like. Bey Blades are very popular. Handball can be but is more popular in the next few grades rather than FYOS. Pokemon seems to have died at our school, Ninjago is definitely in. Almost none of the kids at our school show any interest in football at all, but many of them play soccer or do a martial art of some kind. It is definitely worth teaching a child the basic rules of some sports and how to take turns and sit out when you've lost etc. Communication skills are important as they often have to negotiate the rules of any game they come up with. The popular game at the moment seems to be survival tag, although I don't know if the first year kids play it. I've mainly seen kids from grade 1 up playing. Most of the younger grades like to play on the equipment at lot, so gymnastics classes over the holidays isn't a bad idea. You get left behind if you can't climb well!

#13 Future-self

Posted 13 December 2018 - 09:29 AM

View PostMrsLexiK, on 12 December 2018 - 01:12 PM, said:

The issue is the formula company. They are able to export and sell it to those countries themselves but choose not to.

Agree that no one is doing minecraft in FYOS
Many are still into playing with toy Dinosauers,
Cars (the characters form the Cars movies), PJ masks and lots of running and chasing games
Remote control cars
Bae blades
Lego

Edited by Future-self, 13 December 2018 - 11:29 AM.


#14 bikingbubs

Posted 13 December 2018 - 10:38 AM

View PostFuture-self, on 13 December 2018 - 09:29 AM, said:

Agree that no one is doing minecraft in FYOS
Many are still into playing with toy Dinosauers,
Cars (the characters form the Cars movies), PJ masks and lots of running and chasing games

My daughter loves minecraft and she just finished FYOS.

Granted I don't let her play it very often but she would play it all day if I let her!!

#15 Seven of Nine

Posted 13 December 2018 - 10:40 AM

Soccer, soccer, soccer, and soccer.

#16 marple

Posted 13 December 2018 - 10:53 AM

My FYOS ( just finished) loves Minecraft and Roblox.

He watches movies more than TV shows now.


Definitely sign them up to a sports team early next year if you can as that is a great way to make friends.

#17 ~J_F~

Posted 13 December 2018 - 12:17 PM

Minecraft would be fairly common in FYOS, it’s definitely not no one but it is probably kids with older siblings!

#18 Future-self

Posted 13 December 2018 - 01:08 PM

View PostERipley, on 12 December 2018 - 06:56 PM, said:

Pokémon card games? Pokémon Go? Minecraft? What TV shows?

My son is starting school next year and has a hard time socialising. I’m hoping to give him a good grounding in the “need to know” topics of conversation but I have no idea what kids are into as he’s my first.

Thank you!!
Sure a few ‘things’ would be valuable to talk about but you’re probably better off teaching him how to ask people what they’re playing with; how to initiate joining in with a few key phrases and also how to just do his own thing that he’s interested in. Also  how to respond well if someone approached him to join is his game. Trends etc will come and go and change but knowing the “rules of engagement” will help him navigate through .

Edited by Future-self, 13 December 2018 - 01:08 PM.


#19 ERipley

Posted 13 December 2018 - 01:09 PM

Wow, it’s quite a mix! My son is scared of the mean kid in PJ Masks so that won’t be happening here.😂

I will give some kind of sport a try though he’s not very sporting so far.

I will let him indulge his love of computer games over the school holidays and just hope we end up at a Minecraft loving school.

Thank for all the advice!!

#20 ERipley

Posted 13 December 2018 - 01:11 PM

View PostFuture-self, on 13 December 2018 - 01:08 PM, said:


Sure a few ‘things’ would be valuable to talk about but you’re probably better off teaching him how to ask people what they’re playing with; how to initiate joining in with a few key phrases and also how to just do his own thing that he’s interested in. Also  how to respond well if someone approached him to join is his game. Trends etc will come and go and change but knowing the “rules of engagement” will help him navigate through .

Good advice! We will practice this sort of thing.

#21 Future-self

Posted 13 December 2018 - 01:11 PM

View Postmarple, on 13 December 2018 - 10:53 AM, said:




Definitely sign them up to a sports team early next year if you can as that is a great way to make friends.
It’s funny how advice differs - preschool teachers, Principal and other parents with older kids said absolutely do not sign them up for an extra curricular sport in the first half of FYOS. It’s socially emotionally mentally and physically exhausting enough in its own. Save the new extra curricular until til mid year

#22 ~river song~

Posted 13 December 2018 - 01:12 PM

View Post~J_F~, on 13 December 2018 - 07:47 AM, said:

Fortnite

For FYOS?!?! Hope not, far too old for them I think. I don’t even let my nearly 8yo play it

#23 tiggy2

Posted 13 December 2018 - 01:14 PM

I would also have a chat to the teacher. A good prep teacher will help the kids pair up with a buddy before they hit the playground.
Seek out play dates early in the year, make an effort to get him to parties and school social events etc.
IME prep parties tend to be full class ones, and if he can make a few connections outside of school that can be really helpful for having someone to play with at school.

#24 Future-self

Posted 13 December 2018 - 01:15 PM

View Post~river song~, on 13 December 2018 - 01:12 PM, said:



For FYOS?!?! Hope not, far too old for them I think. I don’t even let my nearly 8yo play it
I know - the OPs child hasn’t even started school and in some states that means he’s 4. He’s 4 with no older siblings like many of his peers will be. These 4 year oldsare not playing fortnite or Minecraft

#25 tiggy2

Posted 13 December 2018 - 01:18 PM

The no extra curricular is an interesting one.
Works with one child or the oldest child.
Consecutive kids don’t have the luxury of going home to rest, they have to go along to whatever the older siblings have one.
Same with kids who need to go to OSH every day.
My son who is FYOS this year is no.3 out of 4. He’s out till 7 most nights at his siblings sport commitments. He has coped just fine and does three sports himself. I think we underestimate what they are capable of.




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