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With Flinn due to start primary school in just a few weeks I have been searching the internet for tips on preparing your child for primary school. Flinn can be hard to read; he says he is not worried about starting and is looking forward to it but he has also been acting out a lot lately and I wonder if deep down he is really quite anxious.
As well as putting together some tips I have found myself I thought I would also ask some other blogger Mum’s and see what their top tips were.
Here are the top tips for preparing your child for primary school.
When Arthur started school last year we did lots of talking. We talked about what he would be getting up to, we spoke about his new routine and who he would meet. Thankfully his school were fab with settling in sessions and home visits, and it also helped he went to preschool with a few of them too.
Jaymee from The Mum Diaries.
We read lots of books, visited the school, walked the school route and spent time in the park near the school that we would see every time we walked home. It really helped to give an idea that when the time came the school was great, they did staggered start which helped a lot especially as my eldest was just 4 and 15 days when he started school.
Cerys from Rainy Day Mum
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Talk about it loads, keep dropping it into the daily conversation so that they get used to it.
Lianne from Ankle Biters Adventures
We visited the school a lot just before September. We went by car, bus and cycled there. We made it fun and adventurous. Getting the uniforms was also another fun activity. We made him dress up by himself.
Yvette from Uplifting And Inspiring Content.
With my eldest, we actually found NOT talking about it too much was the best thing for him. For a while, it seemed like it was the only thing anyone ever asked him about and that just got him more worked up. So over the summer we only talked about it if he brought it up.
Sarah from Toby Goes Bananas
We drew a little heart on my son’s hand when he started. We told him every time he got nervous to look at the heart and it was a hug from me.
Lisa from the Family Ticket
Try to arrange a meet up with any kids you know that are starting school with them the week before and maybe arrange to meet them to walk to school together on the first day. Safety in numbers often gives loads of confidence and makes it less daunting walking in with someone they already know.
Beth from Twinderelmo
Try to get to know some of the parents of the kids starting at the same time and arrange a little meet. It’s totally normal for them to be nervous and let them know that.
Ayse from Coffee and Cwtches
I give my little one a kiss for later, to be kept in her pocket until needed, and put a squirt of my perfume on her wrist. It seems to help.
Suzi from Raising Badgers.
Along with these here are some other great tips I found for preparing your child for primary school.
Make sure you are organised and ready ahead of time. You don’t want to be having panics the night before or the morning of the start of school
Make sure a reasonable bedtime is established at least a week before your child starts so they are not tired.
Make sure you talk about who will pick your child up in the afternoon so they know who to expect.
Talk about what will happen in your child’s day so hopefully, there are no surprises and they can ask any questions about what they might not be sure of.
As well as talking about what will happen at pick up time, also explain what will happen at drop off so they won’t be surprised when you say goodbye.
Plan something fun for the end of the day so your child has something to look forward to.
Let your child wear their uniform a few times before school starts so they are familiar in it. Don’t forget their shoes too as this will help wear them in so their feet don’t get too sore.
If they have an older sibling at school, encourage them to talk to them about all the things they love about school. You could even talk about your own fond memories.
The first day can be extremely stressful and anxious for parents too but try and remain calm and stay upbeat. Your child will sense your feelings so keep them positive.
Make sure you are on time. You don’t want the added stress of rushing around or for your child to have to walk in late.