Well parents - you've nearly made it! 6 weeks of school holidays! I hope you and your families have had a wonderful time. How are you feeling? Ready for the kids to go back to school? Or wishing that holidays lasted that little bit longer?
If you've got a little person who is starting school this year - you may like to read my Separation Anxiety post from the other day (if you haven't already that is). Even if your child doesn't have trouble separating from you in the morning, you may still get some good ideas to help prepare them for school; such as
- Establish your school morning routine before the first day, this could include practising the drive or walk to school.
- Involve your child in the process of choosing their backpack, lunch box, drink bottle and even practise packing their lunch and bag as part of your morning routine.
- Role play 'schools' at home either with you being the teacher, your child being the teacher and you being the student, or suggest they play 'schools' with their toys and teddies.
Do you follow The Organised Housewife? She has some fantastic tips for parents to make sure you and your family are well organised and ready for when school goes back. Some goodies you'll find on her website include;
- Organisation Tips
Another favourite Aussie blogger of mine is Essentially Jess. She wrote a fantastic back to school post this week - helpful and humorous as much of her writing is :)
It's always a good idea to make a plan for packed lunches for your children. There are lots of great blogs that can give you ideas of things other than sandwiches to make. Some parents like to leave little surprise notes in their child's lunch box too (for children who can read obviously).
One final piece of advice I (as a teacher) would like to give parents is to LABEL EVERYTHING your child brings with them to school - hats, jumpers and drink bottles are the three most commonly lost items. Children loose them, and random unnamed items turn up all the time! Tiny Me is a great website where you can order personalised name label stickers but there are many more.
So, to all the parents out there - be brave when you send your little person off to school next week. Remind your children that school will be a fun, safe and happy place.
As for me - I'm really looking forward to it. It's a very special gift to be a child's first teacher. Can't wait to get to know my new little people :)