Starting “big school” is a huge step for your child, and for you. What is about to be a new chapter of independence will be an exciting but also strange time while your child and the rest of your family adjust to this new routine.
Whether this is your first child you are getting ready for school, or your third, every child will cope differently to their new school/home routine giving us parents a brand new balance to find! The good thing is, this is set to be a very special time. Marking your child’s first year of school life, this year will help shape your child for future learning and achievements in years to come.
Here we hand you some top tips to help navigate the new school routine a little smoother.
Life skills and a glimmer of independence
Mastering day-to-day tasks will help your child find their feet away from you and the home. Tasks like hanging up their bag and coat, putting their shoes on and maybe even getting changed. Keeping belongings together and being organised will also be a great help. Even being comfortable applying hand sanitiser in the current climate!
Night before prep
If you’re all too familiar with the mad rush in the morning which usually results in hectic packing and maybe even lateness, or if this is your first child, avoid all of that and try getting your child organised the night before. Encourage your child to sort out their backpack and everything they need for the following day before they go to bed. Once you start doing it a few times it should just then be a natural thing they start doing on their own accord.
Weekly sort out
Organised and tidy bag = a good week. Our children’s bags can build up really quickly, so encourage your child to give it a good sort out once a week. Encourage your child to divide the stuff needed from the stuff no longer needed. Again, once you show your child this a few times it should become natural.
Create a homework box
A fun task for you child would be to get them to create their very own homework supplies box with all the stationary they need. Encourage them to decorate their homework box how they like and give them the opportunity to choose all the stationary they would like to go into their box.
Introduce a household calendar
Get your child involved in the household calendar so they are aware of all the different things the whole family has planned. This will encourage them to think about planning ahead. You could even get your child to write down any of their upcoming school trips or special days at school.
You might want to try putting an alarm clock in their room and show them how to set it for it to go off in the morning at the right time. This will not only teach your child how to be more organised, but also give them a good sense of independence that will definitely be a positive as they get older.
Kids respond well to routine and consistency and, of course, reward. Your child will really enjoy their new-found independence and feeling more organised, so praising your child and rewarding them with their favourite treat, activity or something you know they’ll love will encourage them to stick at being organised
We hope your child adjusts to their new routine and enjoys their new found independence and organisation skills!
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