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Reception to year 1 transition tips

The kiddies started year 1 in September and it has been a smooth transition into the new school year. They like their teachers and they are getting on  with all their classmates, which is great. I wasn’t really worried about them transitioning from reception to year 1. They are November babies, which makes them some of the oldest in the class, and I felt they were more than ready for year 1. So far so good, year 1 has been brilliant. It is a lot of work compared to reception, but the twins are quite academic, and they had some settling in sessions before the end of the summer term. So they already knew what to expect in year 1.

 

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Reception to year 1 transition tips

Here are some ways you and your child cam smoothly transition from reception to year 1 in primary school –

 

Talk about it

For me and my kids talking helps us with everything. The lines of communication are always open, and I think that helps a lot when dealing with changes likes moving from the foundation stage in reception to key stage 1 in year 1 primary school. It is normal to be a bit anxious when changes happen and us talking about it before the school year starts helped the twins go into  year 1 confident and ready.

 

Settling in sessions

The primary school the twins go to had settling in sessions for the whole school at the end of the summer term. Every child spent a few days in their new class and that helped them have a feel of what was coming in September. The kids got to meet their new teachers and got an idea of what was expected of them in their new class. Settling in sessions are great and I am thankful our school has this in place to ensure the children have a smooth transition into their new classes.

 

Get the children ready

The school has done their own part with the settling in sessions, we parents have to do ours. Getting the children ready for their new class can be done easily over the summer holidays. There’s plenty of time to have a look at what is to come in the new class year and get the children to start practising some school work. Even if this is done for a few minutes every week, it will help the child massively, especially if the move is from reception (which is pretty laid back informal education), to year 1 (which is a lot more formal and serious).

 

Play down your anxieties

It is normal for parents to be anxious about their children starting a new school year, especially year 1. Our children are forever our babies and many of them are only still 5 years old when year 1 starts. It is easy to get worried about the changes and how our children will cope with them, but we need to be careful our anxieties don’t rub off on our children. Using positive words and affirmations help. Also, being  involved with our children’s school work is super helpful. I like knowing what the twins have been up to at school and what they are learning in the class. Attending parent-teacher meetings also help me stay on top of their school work, which keep the worries away.

 

How is your child settling in the new school year? What do you think of these reception to year 1 transition tips?

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Why I am not surviving the school summer holidays

The school summer holidays are almost here and I can’t believe how quickly time has gone. I was shocked to check the school diary to discover the school will be closing in about a week. For a funny reason, I thought they were closing a few days after, but that’s not the case. The twins have had a wonderful first year at primary school. They have grown so much and have learnt a whole lot. I can’t believe how quickly they are growing. Sometimes I wish I could press pause on life; it feels like they are growing too quick! Which is why I have decided not to survive the school summer holidays. I have decided to make the most of it, treasure the 6 weeks we have together and enjoy every bit of it.

 

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Why I am not surviving the school summer holidays

Back in the day, when it came to school summer holidays, it was a mixture of excitement and dread if I am being completely honest. I mean it is a whole 6 weeks holiday and my kids are very active. They behave better when there is a routine or stuff planned. We all don’t cope well when we go days with nothing to do but sit at home, and I am sure it is the same for many other families. We leave in a little village so there isn’t much to do here. The only soft play centre we had was sadly closed down some years ago, so there aren’t really activities for the kids to do nearby, except play in a playground, park and ride bikes/scooters outside.

However, I have made up my mind to enjoy the break and not survive it. Children are only young once, and the foundation is really important. I am from the school of thought that you should only have the number of kids you can deal with physically, emotionally and financially. So if you do that, you shouldn’t be tolerating the kids, you should be enjoying them. And if you are not, why did you have them?

 

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Having the right mindset helps

I work from home which is why I initially dreaded school holidays because I am usually unable to work from home with the kids. So I end up doing all my work at night and I wake up tired and grumpy. But this time, I am doing things different. I am going to have work planned out well in advance so I don’t play catch up and get stressed out.

Children can be incredibly draining and I know all about that with my active twins, but I believe our mindset affects us parents more than their tantrums. Having a positive outlook helps and just cherishing the moments while they are still tiny and want to spend every waking moment with you is the way to go. That is how I see it and I am going to cherish very day of our summer school holiday, even if we end up doing nothing.

Until the next post, take care.

 

 

Why Teddy Bears Are So Important

As a twin mother, I will be using the kids section on this blog to share parenting information I consider important. Before having the twins, I didn’t think about teddy bears much. I knew kids loved to have them around and most of the teddy bears I found in the stores were cute, but that was about it. Having the kiddies changed my entire outlook on life. It made me think deeper about many things I won’t have given a second thought to prior to having them. One of those things is the teddy bear and how important they are to the little ones.

 

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The Science Behind the Teddy Bears

Teddy bears are more than just another purchase for your child with. They serve a purpose in your child’s life. The special cuddly toys can serve as a transitional object for when mother and child need to be separated. They are meant to remind a baby of her mother, and they provide the comfort needed when the mother is not present.

For us, I am a work from home mother, so I didn’t have to go back to my old job after having the twins. And the twins didn’t go to a childcare setting until they were 3 years old. So we didn’t have to use teddy bears as a transitional object in that sense. What they helped us with was making our everyday routine a lot easier.

The twins had a special teddy they went to bed with everyday including at nap times from when they were newborns. They have added to their teddy bear collection along the years, but these special 2 are still their favourites from the bunch. I can say for a fact that the teddy bears helped our routine go smoothly. They knew what to expect, when to expect and they knew the teddies would always be there for when they need to snooze off. I had to sleep train the twins from when they were as young as 3 months, so the routine was in place from then really.

 

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Now the kiddies are in primary school and are thriving. They still sleep with their teddies and the special teddies are still very special to them. They are so special that my daughter even blogged about them the other day. You can watch the video on our YouTube Channel below.

 

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What do you think of Teddy Bears for kids? Please share your thoughts.

 

 

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