A big event for us this week was my little (or not so little anymore) Miss H has started her preparations for school next year.
I don’t feel quite as ‘new’ as I did when Master J started school but this week has reminded me of all the things our budding little big school people need to prepare for the new year.
It was so cute to see how excited she was about her Orientation Day and meeting her big buddy. I wasn’t too worried about her as she has been in and out of the school a thousand time over the last two years since Master J started that it’s a very familiar place for her. (Poor Miss L will have spent almost every day of her entire life at school before she even starts).
I couldn’t help getting a little lump in my throat watching her skip off – it’s like the end of another era for me. I think I’m getting worse as I get older and will definitely be needing the tissues when she actually starts. Luckily Master J won’t be around as he will be mortified!
It really is a big deal for them (and us) and good it’s to be as prepared as possible, so I’ve put together a few tips that I found helpful.
My top 10 tips on how to get your child ready for Kindergarden
- They need to be able to read or recognise their own name in print. This will really help them on their first few days to be able find their own bag hook and seat in the classroom.
- If you are able to, it’s a great idea to visit the school grounds during the weekend or the holidays. This helps to familiarise them with where their classroom is, and from there how to get to the toilet blocks, the office and the playground etc. This way they are less likely to feel totally disorientated on their first day. The school should have provided you with a map in your welcome pack, otherwise you can find one on the school website.
- Make sure your child is able to recognise the toilet symbols for male and female so that they know which one to use. Also make sure that they are able to wipe their own bottoms and wash their hands without help.
- Make sure that they are able to put their shoes and socks on by themselves.
- Make sure that they are able to put their jumper/jackets on and off by themselves. I once picked up Master J from school not long after he first started and he was freezing. I asked him why wasn’t wearing his jumper and he told me that he after he took it off in the classroom it was inside out and he couldn’t work out how to put it back on again. Showing him how to do just hadn’t occurred to me.
- Make sure they are able to open everything that you put in their lunch boxes. There is not enough time during morning tea for the teacher to open 24 packets of teddies!
- Make sure they know how to put their own sunscreen on. Sunscreen is always available in the classrooms but the children are expected apply it themselves.
- Chat to your child and make sure that they understand that their current routine is going to change dramatically and go through the new routine with them before it starts.
- Make sure they know how to put their uniform on and what needs to go into their school bags every day. Believe me you won’t want to be doing it for them all the time, especially if you have more than one child at school.
- Try on their school uniform and shoes well before the big day so that you can iron out any issues that may cause them problems, like blisters from new shoes or a zip that is scratching them.