Start­ing out at school needn’t mean tears

Even if your child has been at nurs­ery or play­group for a while, the leap to ‘Big School’ can feel like a chal­lenge for both of you.

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To help al­lay any anx­i­eties (or down­right pan­ics!) you might have, we’ve pulled to­gether some great ad­vice from Mum­snet which should help make the tran­si­tion as pain­less as pos­si­ble.

You can talk to other par­ents on Mum­snet’s pri­mary school fo­rum and/or their be­hav­iour and de­vel­op­ment fo­rum.

And if you’re in­de­cently happy about the prospect of a few child-free hours a day, you can share your hap­pi­ness there, too.

Tell your child what to ex­pect from school but don’t over­sell it. Most chil­dren like school and find it fun, but talk­ing about how fan­tas­tic it is and how they’ll al­ways have lots of lovely chil­dren to play with will not stand them in good stead when some hor­rid kid pushes them out of the way to grab the last princess/pi­rate dressin­gup cos­tume.

Be pos­i­tive, but also warn them gen­tly that they may get tired and if they have any prob­lems or feel sad they should tell their teacher.

Run through the school rou­tine. If you’ve been col­lect­ing your child from a play­group at lunchtime, tell them that now they’re more grown-up they’ll be stay­ing at school with the other chil­dren for the af­ter­noon.

This can be a shock for some chil­dren who may get tired and tear­ful af­ter lunch. You can re­as­sure them that lots of chil­dren feel tired – and re­mind them of this when they refuse to go to bed at night.

As for the learn­ing-things bit, do say they’ll do lots of games to help them learn. You should be aware that some chil­dren will get up­set that other kids in their class can read and they can’t. En­cour­age lots of read­ing time at home, and vis­its to the li­brary.

For lots of tips and ad­vice visit Mum­

Mile­stone Start­ing at school

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