Pri­mary goals What par­ents can do to ease tran­si­tion

The Irish Times - Tuesday - Health - - Parentingstarting School -

With just un­der four weeks to go be­fore the “Class of 2026” start their eight-year jour­ney through pri­mary school, what can par­ents do now that might help with the tran­si­tion?

Don’t talk in­ces­santly about “start­ing big school”, as that may in­crease anx­i­ety or build it up so much that it will be an anti-cli­max when the time comes. Do an­swer any ques­tions as they arise. Read sto­ries to them about chil­dren start­ing school.

Walk or drive by the school a few times and maybe take a stroll around the yard when it’s empty, if ac­ces­si­ble.

Try to en­sure they can recog­nise their name la­bels, so they can be con­fi­dent in iden­ti­fy­ing their lunch­box, school bag and jacket among lots of oth­ers.

Make sure they can deal with zips, etc, on their uni­form or clothes for toi­let­ing.

Have a few prac­tice runs with open­ing and clos­ing the lunch­box and water bot­tle and putting them away in the school bag

Play “school” at home to ex­plore some sce­nar­ios they may face.

Let your child have fun try­ing on the uni­form.

Plan what the home rou­tine will be like af­ter the sum­mer break and make sure you know how long it will take to travel to the school on the first day.

Recog­nise any anx­i­eties you may have as par­ents and don’t project these onto your child.

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