Monday, 9 August 2021

How to help settle a child into school

 Hey readers,

In September you may have a child starting reception class and wondering how is it best to settle them into school. So, here are some tips that I have found useful for helping a child settle into school. 

How to help settle a child into school

1. Talk to your child. 

One of the best things to do when your child who is feeling uncertain about something is to talk about their worries. Maybe explain what happens at school, watch youtube videos, spot other children who are going to school. 

A good way to learn about school life is to get books out on the subject, check out your local library to see what they have available to read on the topic. The more you talk about school life it becomes more familiar to the child and helps ease them into the prospect of going in September. 

2. School uniform practice.

A good tip would be to practice changing out of school uniform and into their pe kit. This will help give them the confidence to do that when they go to school. Also, get shoes with velcro so it is easier for them to manage the straps without extra stress.

3. Meeting teacher.

When children start reception class they tend to first have a meeting with the teacher on a 1-2-1 basis. This is so the child is familiar with a new face. They also get to see what the classroom is like so not so daunting for them. 

During the meeting, if you do have any worries it would be good to discuss them with the teacher (I find it handy to write down the problems beforehand so don't forget). 

4. Gradule start. 

At the beginning of the term, it will be a gradual process of leading the child to full-time 5 days a week. It will tend to be some mornings and some afternoon sessions that are great to get the child use to the new school environment. 

5. Your emotions. 

Don't get emotional on the process of dropping your child off at school, do it later when you are away from the child as you don't want to project the anxiety onto your child. You want to give an impression of confidence and be cheery about the process to help your child feel ready to go into the classroom by themselves. 

6. Practice. 

 During the summer holiday, it would be a perfect time to practice the basic skills with your child such as going to the toilet alone, practicing holding a pencil, know some letters, colours, and numbers. Also making sure they are comfortable with opening and closing their coat, shoes, zippers/buttons, etc. 

7. Shopping for school essentials.

Get your child to help with the preparation. You can do this by taking them with you when you go shopping for school items. They can help with choosing school uniform, school bag, and lunchbox. Also making sure your child can open and close their bag, bottle, and lunch box to make them feel ready for school is something you can practice once you have brought the school items. 

8. Routine. 

Kids love routine so if you can outline the schedule of what is happening at school during the day this can give them some reassurance about going. 

Any tips to help settle a child in school that I have missed out on and you think are important? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

Cheers for reading X

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  1. This is great advice especially for those with little one's starting school.
    I think talking about school is the biggest and most helpful thing to do. x

  2. Great advice given here#kcacols@_karendennis

  3. Starting school is such a milestone. However preparation is absolutely essential. When my girl started school we tried to instil a decent routine at the beginning and reassure her every step of the way. Thank you for linking g with us for #KCACOLS and we hope to see you next time.

  4. Such great advice, especially practising putting on the uniform! I think reading books about starting school and about friendship is also really useful. #KCACOLS

  5. I find the hardest thing in these situations to be finding the balance between talking, which you mentioned, but not talking too much so that they begin to get anxious about something that they weren't before I started blabbing and made mine nervous. If that makes sense. #KCACOLS