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How to help your child settle into primary school

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The Kiddies started reception last September and have settled into the primary school routine. They love going to school and enjoy learning, which is great for all of us. I was a bit worried at first when they started, thinking the longer days and school lunch would be an issue, but they handled it all excellently.

 

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Many children struggle at first when they start primary school, especially when they are summer babies. I know my twins (especially my son) had a hard time adjusting to pre school when they started at 3 years old. So I know how hard it can be for parents when the kids don’t settle on time. Here are some tips that may help you help your child settle into primary school quickly.

 

Trial days at primary school

My kids visited the primary school many times before they actually started in September. The Pre School was just down the road from the primary school, so they got to go in many times for some hours before starting. They also had 3 trial days where they spent the whole day at the primary school in the summer before starting in September. Those days helped them settle in quickly as they knew what to expect when they started in September and the routine wasn’t completely new to them.

 

Books about primary school routine

The Kiddies love reading and they learn a lot from the books they read. Reading children’s books about school does help. There are many amazing books available that would help relief the tension and anxiety starting school may bring. The book – First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd, helped the kids understand the primary school routine a bit more. First Day at Skeleton School also by Sam Lloyd is another great book to read. 

 

A good routine at home

Having good routine at home does help children settle into primary school quickly. A good routine means the children get to have dinner at a good time and have enough sleep at night to keep them refreshed and ready to learn. Bedtime at our house is 7pm and we try to get the kids in bed and asleep for 7:30pm at the latest.

 

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Being involved

Being involved in what the child does in school does help. So finding at about their day, so you know if there are any issues helps. Doing homework together also helps, as you have a good picture of what your child’s progress at school. Homework for my 5-year-old twins in Reception Class is really about reading and knowing the phonetics sounds.

Also, going in for the pupil progress meetings and stay and play helps the parents stay updated on what happens in the classroom and how the child is coping on a daily basis.

 

What do you think of these tips? How did you help your child settle into primary school? Do you have any tips to share? Please sound off in the comments below.

Thanks for reading. Have a great week.

 

 

 

 

 

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Should Kids Study During The Summer Holidays

The kiddies have been on summer holidays for 2 weeks now and loving it. We have tried our best to stay busy mentally and physically. And I think we are doing a very good job. The summer holidays in the UK is for 6 weeks, and that is a very long time. I know it is longer in the US and other countries, but for most of us here, 6 weeks is more than enough time.

The twins start Reception aka Big school in September, and we have been working on getting them ready for the many changes ahead. I have been working on getting them as independent as they can be for a 4 year old, and it has been a rollercoaster but a good one. They are learning very quickly and I know they would be more than ready in September on the big day. How are you all enjoying the summer vacation?

 

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Should Kids Study During The Summer Holidays?

One question I hear among parents a lot is whether the kids should study or do any type of school work while on summer holidays. And my answer is and has always been yes. I was very studious as a kid and I took that habit to adulthood. It has helped me achieve so much in life. I got all my GCSEs at the age of 15 (a year earlier). And I got my first degree in Accounting at the tender age of 19. I got my  second degree in International Human Resources at the age of 22. Having the studious mindset helped me achieve this. I have never had an issue with exams and studying for them, and I want that for my kids. I want them to excel in whatever career they choose and starting young with them is the best way to achieve this.

 

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The good thing is that the kids love it. They love the idea of studying. It is not hard work for them. It comes naturally and I want to encourage that a lot. Which is why we practise our all sorts. From Maths and English, to Music and Arts. They are picking them up real quick and already have favourites.

They are good with numbers and words, and are already starting to read and white even though they are yet to start school. Pre school did help but they did more of playing and growing up than learning over there. I like the fact that they are ahead of what they need to know and are loving it. The fact that they love school work at 4 years is a blessing, and I hope they take that mindset through primary school, high school and all the way to the university.

It is still all fun and games though. We always have to make room for that. We have had all sorts of family days out and activities in between, and we still have many days out planned.

Hope everyone is having a lovely summer holiday, regardless of how you decide to spend the time.

 

 

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