First day of school for your child is the one of the most important days in a parent’s life. It means your little girl/ boy is all grown up and at the very least also an important exciting day for your little explorer.
The first day of school can be exciting especially for kids because for them, what’s going through their minds is how they get to play, learn and make new friends but for a parent its emotional and honestly, a bit traumatising because all you can think about is how safe your baby will be and if everything will go on well.
But even with the child’s excitement before they know it will have challenges of facing long days, struggling with the curriculum and spending a long time away from their loved ones.
Here are about 5 ways you can get your child ready for their first days of school:
- BEDTIME ROUTINES
When your child goes to bed early and at a specified time, it enables them a good night’s sleep and will be ready to explore adventures of the next day. Spend time with your kids before bed and embrace them so that they feel fuzzy and loved even as they go to sleep so as to have a peaceful night and mind waking up full of vigour the next day.
- STORY TIME
Reading to your child often increases their intelligence quotient and it helps build language and literacy skills. This can be a routine that you decide to make and it will be very beneficial to your child.
- FAMILY TIME
For kids spending time with family can be something very magical and can be an opportunity to spend time with them and also teach them a couple of things. It creates a strong long lasting bond as they grow.
- HAVE CONVERSATIONS
Have conversations with your child and tell them what to expect when they go to school, how they need to behave. It prepares them for a very big transition in life. You can also tell your child the experiences you had at kindergarten.
- INVOLVE THEM
In decisions that you make try and involve your child and ask them what they want and what they are comfortable with. Even as you shop for school, you can take your child along with you, it makes them feel involved and makes them mentally ready.
Talking about your child’s school day should be a daily routine, it keeps you involved as a parent and makes the child feel important and probably look forward to telling you about their day later. It is an opportunity to communicate and know what is going on with your child.