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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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The Kiddies go back to school in style

The Kiddies resumed school this week and it has been extremely busy over here. We are getting into a new school routine and they have handled pretty well. It is their first year in Primary School. They rounded up Pre School in July and they have been counting sleeps to their first day in Big School for about a week now. I am happy they are loving school as much as they are. It would have been extremely hard if they didn’t like it so much. I don’t know how I would have handled it if they started to cry or didn’t want to go into their classrooms. That may have been the end of the whole back to school 😂

 

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But thankfully we didn’t have to deal with any tears or tantrums. The first day was quite emotional as expected. I was feeling all sorts of emotions at the same time. A part of me was happy to see them go and another part was wishing I had them for a few more weeks. This thing called motherhood is just too hard 😢

 

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We got some first day at school photos taken (We had to get that done, they looked too cute in their school uniforms) and off to school we went. I almost started balling at the school gate thanks to a little one not wanting to let her mummy go. But thankfully I held it together. The last thing I needed was for them to know how much I was struggling to let them go.

Day 2 went quite well. We didn’t have the rain to deal with, which was good. And we all knew what was expected already. I am happy to see them settling into school and the new routine.

 

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My prayer is that they carry on loving school as much as they do. Their love for school and learning new things amazes me. I know they are going thrive and show everyone just how amazing they really are. And I am eager to see where this new journey takes us all. The world is now your centre stage my loves, go and shine brighter than diamonds.

 

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How are your kids finding the first week of being back to school?

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