Off to big school
Lifestyle Jan 14, 2018
It’s back to school time and with all the excitement comes a little bit of anxiety. Not only for them, but for you as well! Whether your child is entering kindergarden or primary school, a new school can be quite intimidating and prepping them on what to expect can be just what the doctor ordered!
Prepping for kindergarden
The trick is to stay calm. If you come across as being anxious, it might lead your child to become anxious too. Let’s be honest, making your child even more stressed about the first day of school is the last thing you want to do. You want them to attach a positive connotation to school – to feel excited about going to school.
But how do you prepare your child for the ‘big day’? Fact of the matter is that each child learns and matures at their own pace and the teacher will get an understanding of how your child learns and assist to best bring your little one’s potential to the foreground. That’s why we propose you don’t force intensive study materials and workbooks on them at the last minute. This cramming session will just lead to increased anxiety and a fear that Teacher might also get as persistent as Mommy/Daddy when they don’t know the answer.
Here are some practical tips your child will need to know before attending kindergarden:
• Make sure they can open their own containers at lunch.
• Encourage them to take responsibility for their things (schoolbag, lunchbox, sweater).
• Limit after-school activities until they settle into the school routine. Don’t be surprised if your child is whiny and tired after a full day at school, it’s hard work being a little busy-body!
Prepping for primary school
The big school! This time can be a very emotional transition for the entire family. This is the time where they will start to learn how to count money, be responsible for homework and manage multiple needs and tasks at the same time.
As with kindergarden, it’s important to project an air of confidence and excitement when talking about school. How do you do this? You chat about school – often. This is so they can express their concerns before having to face the empty halls on their own. Share some of your own stories to set their minds at ease and make the experience more relatable. ‘If Mommy could do it, then so can I.’
We also suggest creating a hype around the first day of school. ‘You’ll get to use your new pencil case! Won’t that be fun?’ Make sure that they are a part of the shopping process, so they attach ownership to the items they choose. You’ll find that they’ll take better care of their things.
Here are some practical tips your child will need to know before attending primary school:
• Explain how recess works and how they need to manage their tuck money.
• Establish a routine. Whether it’s a bedtime or transport routine, make sure you run it through with them.
• Let them understand that they aren’t allowed to leave the school grounds unattended, talk to strangers or get into a stranger’s car. They need to be prepared for different situations that might pose a threat to their safety at school.
There are many different things that you do to help your child transition from their old school to the new one more seamlessly. Do you have any tips that worked for your little one? Leave us a comment below and let us know.