The summer holidays are nearly over! Some of you will have little ones old enough to be heading back to school – or you may even have youngsters reaching the milestone of their first day at school this September. It’s a big moment for child and parent alike, so we’ve taken a look at some handy ideas to make the experience a fun and educational time for all.
Make a Checklist
KiddyCharts.com have created a great checklist for your children to tick off each morning before leaving the house. It includes many items that slip our minds as we hurry out of the door, such as PE kit and musical instruments, so having this by the door will be super handy!
If you’re making a return to school this September it’s wise to check the clothes still fit and are clean well in advance so you don’t have a last minute machine wash the night before! Lay the uniform out on the bed and make sure everything is there ready to slip into without a mad hunt for socks while the engine is running.
If it’s the first day at school for your young scholar, make sure you plan some time to snap a nice photo before you leave (or even do it a day or two before so you have no distractions) as this is a day you’ll want to remember forever!
After a summer of eating your delicious food at home, a packed lunch can be a strange experience. You may have cooked lunches provided by the school, but if you’re packing a tupperware box full of food for your child there are some great recipes to make them extra special!
Practice Makes Perfect
If your bright sparks have never been to school before it can be a good idea to do some practice work with age appropriate books, such as our pre-school and KS1 Home Learning Books. Just like the books you’ll have read with them as they grew up, these are fun and visual aids to prepare for the school environment.
It will be an emotional time for everyone. By showing your children that you’re happy and excited about them starting school term it might make the experience a lot less scary for them. Make the routine nice and structured, as simple as possible and prepare as much in advance as you can!