So the holidays are over and the sun tans are fading. It’s the time when we start swapping the beach shorts for trousers and the trainers for the shiny new shoes. Yes, it is that time to get ready to go back to school.
Yep, you’ve guessed it, its time to go back to school. In this newsletter, I have given you all information needed to get you prepared for the first day back to school.
I’m sure that by this time you more than likely will have this covered, but just in case you haven’t:
Your local supermarket has great deals on a general uniform, i.e trousers, shirts, t-shirts, shoes and all at a very affordable price, which is great as you’re guaranteed to need more than one lot of uniform due to kids rapid growth and holes that miraculously appear from nowhere. While you’re at the supermarket, look out for any cheap school bags and equipment your child might need. Pound shops are also good places to get equipment at a low price, however, the quality may reflect in the price.All this helps you to be better prepared.
You could, of course, get your uniform from your school’s retailer but be aware it will be more expensive.
First day back to school
The first day back at school is both exciting and scary for your child. After 6 weeks of chilling in front of the tv, going out and going on that holiday, your child and classmates have a lot to talk about. A great tip is to maybe try to meet up with your child’s friends a few days earlier so they can have those conversations early.
Talk to your child about any concerns they may have and try to relate to them by using your own experiences. It always helps to feel like your not on your own with experiences. Pay an interest in what your child is learning by asking what they did at school each day.
Make yourself known to the teacher by introducing yourself and touching base from time to time. Teachers and teaching assistants get to know your children extremely well so having a good relationship with them will benefit both you and your child.
Being prepared is so much better and easier for everyone when dealing with school. The right preparation enables people to be calmer, relaxed and able to deal with challenges that lie ahead.
Get a morning routine
A morning routine is so important as it sets you up on the right foot and lets you start off in the best way possible. No one like to rush around so make sure you set your alarm to give you and your child plenty of time to get ready.
We’ve all been there and forgotten to eat breakfast but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives us the energy our body and mind needs to be able to function in the best possible way.
Everyone needs the structure but structure has to be learned just like everything else. A good way to teach structure is by having a timetable. This gets your child in a routine of what needs doing and when to do it. It also promotes your child to be trusted on their own to get what needs doing done, although you may need to check in sometimes.
Set a time for homework. There is nothing worse than your child having to complete homework the night (or in some cases morning) before it’s due. By setting a time for your child to complete their homework you are making life much easier for them and they will produce a much better caliber of work. Get involved too, a child doesn’t always feel comfortable in asking for help so by asking them you are giving them the tools that they need.
You may not know yourself what to do but with today’s technology, there is always help at hand. Why not ask Google, Siri, Cortana or any other media on the internet for some help as they can often guide you in the right direction. Check the home/school book, it’s a good guide to how your child is getting on and if all else fails, speak to the teacher. After all, they are there to help.
I hope this helps in further preparing you and your child for the new academic year ahead.
All that’s left to say is be ready for the grazed knees, the moans and groans, the complaints and the sticker charts and enjoy.