There are a number of things that can make the new school year begin smoothly. Here are some hints and tips to help you get organised and keep the stress to a minimum.
- LABELS for all clothing, shoes, drink bottle, containers, backpack etc (I used Stuck on you and they were fabulous, stuck well and lasted all year)
- Uniform, including school hat
- Comfortable shoes that can be worn a whole day
- Sunscreen, use before school and teach your child to reapply at lunch time. Roll on is easiest
- Lunchbox that your child has practised opening
- Freezer brick to keep lunch cold through summer
- Separate container for morning tea
- Drink bottle
- Spare clothes and shoes in case of an accident in a plastic bag (which can then be used for dirty clothes)
- If this is your child’s first year, walk past the school, talk about how exciting it is, go play in the school playground. Get them comfortable with the idea.
- Find a place to keep the backpack when your child gets home
- Check the backpack every day for notes and any half eaten food.
- Find a place to keep the notes and copy important dates onto the calendar
- Create a system to store the copious amount of art and creations sent home
- Bookmark the school website, join their facebook page and subscribe to their newsletter to keep up to date
- Get lunch ready the night before or at least pre-planned, you will be surprised how time flies in the morning
- Fill drink bottles and keep them in the fridge
- Put the freezer brick back in the freezer
- Make a batch of muffins, biscuits, slice on the weekend so you have snacks ready to go
DO NOT be late to school
- Be organised and be on time, it is not fair on your child when they are late
- Be on time/early to pick your child up
- Be prepared for tears and be ready to stay a while
- If your child is not coping discuss tactics with the teacher eg shorter days, your child starting a little later when everything is settled.
- DO it
- This helps you know what your child is doing and gives your child such excitement and pride that their parent helped out