What an exciting time! The big day is almost here! Your child will soon be joining the big boys and girls in school, starting their wonderful learning journey and making friends on their way. I’m sure you must both be feeling anxious, a little nervous, maybe a tad bewildered, but hey, don’t fret! All this is absolutely normal and expected. Read on for some top tops on how to make your child cross this milestone as smooth as butter.
Top Tip 1: Talk to your child and prepare them for what they will be doing. If they have older brothers or sisters, who already go to school, prepping them will be easier as it will not be a foreign idea to them. If this is your first child, then give them as much detail as you can, try to get them excited and to look forward to the big day.
Top Tip 2: Talking is great, but a visual is even better. Use a visual aid like ‘My School Book’ from CBeebies or any others you can easily find by doing a simple online search. This will expose your child to images they will encounter on their first day at school, bringing your words to life. The whole process may trigger questions, be sure to answer them all, as best you can.
Top Tip 3: If the school your child will be attending has a school uniform, have your little one wear it around the house prior to the start date of school, so they can get used to it.
Top Tip 4: Label all your child’s belongings. Have them choose which lunchbox they like, bag e.t.c. so that they can recognise their belongings easier. Point things out to them and show them where their name is. It should be visible both to them and their teachers.
Top Tip 5: Start getting your child up early and ready within a certain time frame, which will mirror your daily getting up routine once school starts, at least a week before school starts. Even if you have nowhere to go on that particular day, try to get them used to being ready “on time’. This will help you greatly once school starts.
Top Tip 6: Now, this is the last and most probably the hardest one, yet. So you have done everything to the t, and there you are on that special first day about to leave your little darling, and there are tears, cries and shrieks. You feel your heart breaking into a million little pieces and you have second thoughts about leaving your child at school, maybe they are not ready, mYBE you didn’t explain it enough the them, maybe tomorrow will be a better day; you are so close to picking them up and taking them home, whatever you do…that is something you must NOT do! Give them a hug, a kiss, reassure them you will be there to pick them up at the end of the school day and go. Your child will be fine, trust the teacher to do his/her job, to look after your little one for the rest of the day and for many more to come. Do not linger, the sooner you leave, the sooner your child will start their new life venture into structured learning, where the sky is the limit and the whole world at their feet.
You must be one proud parent!
I wish you and your little one a great school year!
Till next time…
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