10 tips for parents to help their children transition to school with ease.
Prepare your child:
Create a simple rhythm:
- open their lunch box, snack box and drink bottle – some can be surprisingly tricky to open, even for adults!
- put on their school uniform or school clothes – in many schools, children are required to change into a separate uniform for PE.
- put on shoes – some schools have an ‘indoor shoes’ policy and so your child might be changing multiple times in one day
- Identify their belongings – create activities that will help your child to learn their name. You can also add a special sticker or symbol to help them.
Be a good listener:
Practice kindness and respect:
Foster a love of learning:
Set achievable goals:
Help your child set achievable goals, both in and out of school. This will give them a sense of purpose and help them stay motivated.
You should be invited to attend a parents’ evening during the first term of school so share these goals with the class teacher and ask for suggestions too.
School’s often use the ‘2 stars and a wish’ approach to help give feedback on what your child is doing well (2 stars) and what would be a good goal for the future (a wish). This is a great approach to adopt at home too.
Provide a positive and supportive home environment:
Celebrate their successes:
Celebrate your child’s successes, big and small. This will help them feel valued and boost their confidence.
- learning to recognise and spell their name
- learning a new set of phonics sounds
- reading their first sentence
- recognising and counting numbers up to 10, 20 and so on…
- being awarded as ‘star of the week’
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