It’s the week before school is about to begin for children across the country. Not only are we in the middle of a pandemic and we have a ton of uncertainty around sending our children to school, your little one is about to have their very first day. The first day of school after the summer is often difficult. After such a long absence it would be understandable if more children, and parents, than usual are apprehensive.
First Day of School Tips for New Starters
For children just starting school or moving to a new school, there will be additional stresses. New people, unfamiliar surroundings, things to learn and a routine to keep that doesn’t involve being safe at home with parents all add up. It’s one thing to prepare your child for their next school trip when they’re your older kids, but preparing them for the first day of school ever is another experience altogether.
The good news is that there are things that you can do to handle that scary first day. Here are some things that you can do to get ready:
Top Tips to Prepare for the First Day of School
- Take your little one to a few taster sessions for school before they go for their first day if possible. This will mean that the classroom is familiar when they walk into it for the first time. Some teachers post videos and pictures on school websites and social media pages.
- Start doing activities at home and talking about school to your child. This will mean that the structure isn’t overwhelming. You can even practice role playing school drop off using the garden door.
- Let them try on their new school uniform for their very first day of big school. Make sure you label everything down to their shoes, too.
- Get to know other families nearby with children who will be in the same class. This’ll help them to feel like they know people.
- Practice saying goodbye to them in private – just in case you need to cry.
That first school drop-off is sad for you as a parent. If you can make sure that you have something planned to keep you occupied. Those who are heading out to work, make sure you have a busy day planned. If you are working from home or have something else planned, do whatever you need to do to get through that first very quiet day without the children.