‘Starting Big School’ Journal


Starting Big School Learning Journey Book

This open-ended A3 journal has a cover beautifully illustrated by Oliver Moore and Stephanie Morley. The 'Starting Big School' Journal provides ample blank pages to document group observations, photographs, and children's own work.

The Starting Big School Learning Journey Book is an excellent tool to capture the children’s transition from preschool to primary school. It can be used to record the specific activities and initiatives that take place to help children be ready for school. It is an ideal documenting tool that will demonstrate your approach to the Department of Education and Skills (DES) when inspected.

Like all the journals in this series the Aistear themes and goals are presented for easy linkage and the large blank pages are a clear canvass to record your approach and the children’s emerging interests. To help with ideas you can consult our resource plans on this theme of 'Starting Big School'.

The Preschool Teacher starts preparing children for the "Big School" transition from the beginning of their educational journey with you. Many children find starting primary school very exciting and settle in easily, while others can find this time more difficult and settling-in more challenging. The preschool teacher can assist greatly in supporting the transition. Research confirms certain key school readiness indicators including:

  • Independence
  • Self Esteem
  • Social and emotional skills
  • Language development
  • Self-help/coping skills

A positive experience for children during the transition from preschool to primary school is important. This scrapbook can record the transition activities that enhance the experience for children and families attending your service.


  • Open-ended style
  • A3 allowing lots of space for recording
  • Displays the Aistear themes and goals to make linking easier and more meaningful
  • 24 blank sheets

Number of Journals Needed?

1 Journal, 2 Journals, 3 Journals, 4 Journals, 5 Journals


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