Take a deep breath…YES your little baby is going to school. And therefore, this is just the time for the final preparations for the big day. Why now? Because a child who is about to go to school for the first time in his life must partake in special preparations which are more time consuming than an ordinary pupil’s preparations. I know how excited you are about the first day at school. Just think about it; you have already been there. You know what it’s like to be a new pupil, but still you are very excited. how your child feels, he doesn’t know what to expect. When you don’t know what to expect it is even more nerve racking. The best way to reduce the anxiety level is to introduce the child to the things that he will have to deal with when he starts school, and this requires time, so don’t postpone it until the last minute. Start now!Take your child to buy school supplies. Teach your child how to organize his pencil case efficiently – pencils, eraser and sharpener in one compartment, colored pencils in the second compartment and glue and scissors in the third. Efficient organization of his pencil case will make finding the equipment much easier. Teach your child to organize his backpack efficiently – one compartment for exercise books, one compartment for textbooks and one compartment for food. Buy your child some preparation for first grade books and spend time working with him in the books each day.
The practice will prepare him to deal with studying in school and will also develop their fine motor skills. At the first possible opportunity, before the opening of the school year, take your child for a tour of the school. Make sure to show him his classroom, the secretaries office and no less important…(and yes I know this sounds a bit strange) the bathroom. Many schools hold a “getting acquainted meeting” with the first graders before the opening of the school year. Do not miss this meeting! If the school does not plan on holding a meeting, demand a meeting with the homeroom teacher during the vacation. The homeroom is the most significant figure at school for your child, and it is therefore imperative that your child meets her before the opening of the school year. On the first day of school she will be a familiar face in a new and unfamiliar place. On the first day of school accompany your child to school and stay with him for a while. Promise him that you will collect him at the end of the day and then go off on your way. He may cry when you in which case, support him, encourage him, but don’t stay too long at school. Trust that the educational staff will know how to calm him down. At the end of the school day, collect your child from school and take him for a few hours of fun; eat lunch together, talk about the first day at school, buy him an ice-cream, and don’t forget to tell him that you love him and how proud you are of him.
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