How to help your child look forward to that big first day!
Talk to your child – even a child who is very excited about starting school may have some anxieties. You can help by explaining to them exactly what will happen and how long they will be at school each day. Make sure you tell them about all the great things they are going to be doing and learning.
Listen to your child – sometimes life can be too busy and we don’t hear a little voice telling us their worries. Even a very small problem or worry can grow if not addressed.
Play school games with them at home – role play is a great way to prepare our children for any changes in their lives.
Socialise with other children who will be starting school with your child or perhaps children who are already at your child’s school. (Although do make sure that the older children like school!)
Read books about starting school - some of our favourites can be seen below
Make sure you are engaging your child in activities that involve him sitting down, such as painting or drawing or doing puzzles. This will help him understand what is expected in the school environment.
Start shopping early, school uniforms and school shoes may run out if you leave it until the last minute.
Find out exactly what your child will be expected to carry before buying a huge school bag.
Ask your school if they have any transition services to help your child.
Start getting your child up earlier a couple of weeks before school starts, it really will pay off once they have to!
Purchase some tissues – they are for you as your well-adjusted confident, or perhaps just a little bit nervous but being super brave, four year old enters the classroom without you!
Kideeko recommend these books to help with preparing for school:
Starting School (Picture Puffin) by Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg