10 tips that will make your child's first day of school great!
First Day of School: 10 Tips to Start the Day Right!
The first day of school can cause a whirlwind of emotions in your child. From nerves to overexcitement, all of these emotions can be calmed by preparing your little one for the big day. Check out our top ten tips for preparing your child for their first day of school!
Visit the school in advance
Going to your child's school beforehand will help the uncertainty to fade away. You can meet their new teacher and walk around their future classroom so that they feel comfortable and become familiarised to the room.
School's First Day of School is a fun book that narrates the first day of school from the point of view of a school. Recommended for children aged from 3 to 6.
Familiarise your child with the school environment
In order to make your child feel comfortable in the school environment you can invite their future classmates for a playdate. You can get in touch with the school and ask for the directory and see which children live nearby to invite over!
New Friend, Old Friends is a sweet book about a new girl making friends in her new school in which your child can feel identified. Recommended for children aged from 7 to 9.
Have a fun day choosing their school supplies
Buying their school supplies is a great way to get your child thinking about how their first day of school is going to be. They will feel that they have control over some things in ahead of the often daunting first day of school.
My First Activity Book is a great choice to add to their list of supplies as it encourages them to complete some exercises each day. Recommended for children aged from 3 to 6.
Encourage your child to read. At school, they will most likely be reading easy books, but it is always good to go over reading with your child a few days before so that they feel confident when they are at school. It's also very important to set a certain amount of reading time each day so that your child adopts the habit.
You can start with Animal Actions, a fun-filled book by the creators of the Gruffalo. Recommended for children aged from 3 to 6.
Sharing is Caring!
Teach your child how to share. It is very important as in school the children will share school supplies. Also, sharing will make your child friendlier to others who might be scared by the new school.
Share is an educative book that will make your child understand the importance of sharing with others. Recommended for children aged from 3 to 6.
Make them feel ready
If your child is not yet potty trained or does not know how to write their name, teach them! These self-help skills are crucial in making them feel confident while at school.
With The Prince and the Potty, your child will find using the potty easy! Recommended for children aged from 3 to 6.
Go to sleep early
We all know how we feel after a bad night of sleep. Imagine your child! Kids are more sensitive and will be grumpy without enough rest. Around ten hours of sleep is best for toddlers and young children. Putting your child to sleep early will make all the difference in the morning.
With Before I go to Sleep your child will slowly close their eyes and start dreaming about the day ahead. Recommended for children aged from 3 to 6.
Let them choose their breakfast in advance
Your child might want to assert some control in the coming uncertainty that is school. Letting them choose their breakfast the night before will make them feel secure of a predictable event during the following day.
Reading Little Mouse's Big Breakfast might give them ideas about how they want to start off on this very important day! Recommended for children aged from 3 to 6.
Homework? Schedule it!
Homework can be a chore, but you can make a game out of it to make it fun. You can set a time when your child has to do their homework and then at the end of the week, gift them with something they have been asking for a while.
You can let them go to the new park or buy them the puzzle they were asking for. You can also make them laugh with The Crocs Ate My Homework, a fun collection of jokes related to homework.
Invite their new friends over!
After their first day of school, your child will most likely be already telling you about their new friends. This is excellent! You can ask them who they want to invite over for a playdate. It is important that children interact with others their age outside the school setting so to become more social.
First Day Friends is a great book that can give your child ideas on what to do on their first play date.