Can you believe we are in August already? I can’t! Summer is here and although the UK weather can’t make up its mind, Amelia and I have been trying to make the most of our last few weeks together before Primary School starts in September as I mentioned in my last post.
My sweet four-year-old graduated from nursery last weekend and I can not believe how quickly this year has flown by! Whilst I am excited for her to start school, I am also raging with worry. I’ve now got to be one of those mums queuing for uniforms and stressing over the small stuff which I do anyway.
Not only do I have to worry about getting her uniform and everything else she will need. I also have to worry about preparing her for school and preparing myself for her to start school. It’s going to be hard for both of us. Even though Amelia attends nursery, she is only in for 2 days a week and now she has to go to school for 5 days a week which is a big change for a child. The first few weeks will be hard for both of us and I hope we find it easy to get into the routine.
I thought I’d write a post sharing some of the tips and things I will be trying out. I hope you enjoy this post and that you will find some of it useful if your child is starting school this year!
Tips to prepare your child for their first year at school.
Talk to them about it, try your best to explain to them that soon they will be doing to school every day, wearing a uniform and that they will be meeting a lot of new people. These are big changes for children and the better you explain it the more likely they are to accept and understand it.
Try getting into the school morning routine, getting them up, dressed and had breakfast in time for the school run. This can be really beneficial for you both as it will make it easier come September to adapt to the routine.
Take your child to the school events they have planned so they know what to expect from the school itself. This is a great opportunity for you both to get to see the school and get to meet the people you will be interacting with, it also helps you get involved with that community.
Break-in school shoes before school starts. Obviously not too much that they ruin them but you don’t want them to get blisters etc.
Walk to the school with them, show them it from the outside. If you will be walking your child to school this may also help you plan on how long it actually takes you to get there.
Tips for the first day.
Get there early. You don’t want to be late and give off a bad first impression of yourself or your child.
Try to socialise with other parents, they feel exactly the same as you do!
Don’t cry! I know it’s going to be hard but do not let them see you cry. Wait until your child has gone into school or until you get back into the car.
Make sure your child is wearing the correct uniform! Don’t be that mum who sent their child in the wrong uniform.