My eldest is starting school for the first time this September and I'm a little nervous about what I should be doing to get her ready...
Any advice / experiences on what to do in the months leading up to the first day would be really welcome.
Just wanted to let you know that we have just added a talk from Helen Likierman on this exact topic. You can view it here: http://www.dystalk.com/talks/75-top-tips-for-preschoolers-th...
Her advice is to:
- visit the school beforehand, meet your child's classmates and teachers
- talk with your child about what to expect at school
- practice very short separations from your child (by leaving him or her at a friend's for example) - Above all keep relaxed
Would be great to hear any other thoughts from people who have recently gone through this.
My son started nursery four weeks ago. Before he started, I pointed the school building out to him during walks and talked to him generally about going to school and ow much fun it will be.
I also borrowed some story books from the library about children going to school which I read to him. There is a Harry and the bucketful of Dinosaurs story on this which is good.
When I dropped him off on the first day, I told him I would be back soon and bought him a packet of chocolate buttons when I picked him up as a special treat for his first day.
A friend of mine prepared her son by leaving him at the creche at the local swimming pool for an hour or two several times a week so by the time the big day arrived, he was ready.
Hope this helps.
Desperate house mum
I found that really helpful, thank you DHM,
Best wishes - and fingers crossed for Sept!
I agree with the other members here. First of all, you should stay relax, if your kid sees that you are panicking then he/she too will panic. Show to your kid that school is fun. Show pictures or visit the school and show that you are excited. The first time I left my kid at a day care she did not cry at all, she even went on inside alone and started playing! So, from then on I never felt nervous every time I left her since I know that she will enjoy herself and learn new things. Every thing will just fine. :)