For some school is just about to end but in our side of the planet, it’s just about to start. There are a lot mixed feelings when it comes to preparation for going back to school. Parents and early learners (like us) are mostly excited. This will be our daughter’s first time to go to school and she’s very well prepared for it by now. Okay, we sort of cheated because we enrolled her in a summer prep class in the same school. She loved it anyway.
My eyes didn’t even twitch when we learned how much we’re going to pay for her Nursery schooling. It is considerably cheap compared to the other privately owned early learning schools in our area. I’m pretty sure you’ll hear that rant about how expensive education is in one to two years time, when she entered the big school.
It’s the end of her summer class tomorrow and we will have a two-week break before the start of her formal school. I’m really excited to see her in her new uniform.
Is it just me or every mom of first time students are just as excited of the idea of hoarding school supplies? I know it’s my favorite part of the start of the school year, the shopping of school supplies.
Seeing as buying school supplies is the least of our worries (at least for me), here are some tips to help you prepare your kids who are going to school for the first time.
Give the pep talk. Ease the child into the idea of going to school. Talk about learning new things and meeting new friends. Make it sound fun and exciting. It’s best to start this a couple of months before the first day of class. This will help you deal with separation anxiety.
Teach them to be independent. Education starts at home. It is not just limited to learning the alphabets and numbers but also how they handle themselves. Talk to your child about responsibility: like putting things back where they got it, cleaning after themselves or washing their hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom (potty training, it’s a must-have).
Communication is the key. It is important that your child knows how to express their thoughts and feelings. Talk to them like an adult with a limited vocabulary. (Don’t baby talk your kids!) Teach them early about saying please, excuse me and thank you.
Tell them what to expect in school. Like every one else, nobody wants to be surprised. Let them know that you will not be allowed in the classroom but to not be afraid because Teacher (say the teacher’s name) will be there. It will also help your child feel comfortable if you personally introduce the teacher to your child. Seeing a familiar face in a new place will help them be at ease in their environment.
Start a routine. This will help your child be in the zone while learning. It’s important to keep a consistent schedule to help the child with the routine. Always say “good-bye and see you later” when it’s time for them to go in the school. Wait for them to go in instead of letting them see you leave. It’s important that they don’t feel like you’re leaving them. Assure them that you will be right there when it’s time for them to go out. Then welcome them with warm hugs when they come out of school and ask about their day. This will make things more exciting for the child because they did something new and interesting and you would like to know more about it.
Prepare the school supplies. Make sure that everything the child needs is in the bag. Ask the teacher what they would recommend to bring in school. Then show your child where you put everything else in the bag so they will know where to get it when needed. The last thing you want your child to feel while in the school is being left out because they forgot their crayons.
Prepare healthy snacks. Some schools provide snacks to their students. If they don’t, don’t forget to put healthy snacks in their lunch box. Put snacks that are easy to eat and not messy. Always accompany the snack with water even if it comes with a bottle of juice or milk. Make sure that the child likes the food in their lunch boxes. Steer clear of sweets or any food with lots of sugar in it.
School is fun. It’s where we learn things and meet new people. But learning is not just limited in the walls of the classroom. Teach your kids about social values and compassion to others. Keep in mind that as parents, we are our kids’ first time teachers. Do not force them to go to school and pressure them to get the perfect grades because it would only put a strain on your child’s learning experience. It’s all about helping them prepare for their education and support them in any way we can when they encounter something that they are having difficulty learning.