Time sure does move quickly, Christmas only seems like yesterday and here we are celebrating the start of the summer holiday. Many of our fans on Facebook are now gearing up to the start of the new school year, when their pre-schoolers will be heading off to big school and starting a new phase in their lives. For some the transition goes smoothly, others find it a difficult time and the tears in the playground usually belong to the parents. We thought we would share a few tips on how to help both the parents and the children embrace school and there are a few things you can work on over the summer.
Helping Your Child
- Teach your child some skills that will benefit them as they head off to school. Casually work on getting dressed and undressed, putting on shoes, taking care of their belongings (lunch boxes and book bags).
- Play schools and teach your child about the daily routines that take place, such as breaks and lunch times, story time and other activities, listening for their name in the register and recognising their name on their pegs, belongings and books. Gather your child’s favourite toys to play the part of the other students in the class.
- Spend plenty of time with books. Head to your local library and pick out some books about school but also about lots of other topics that your child is interested in.
- Start the morning routine to help your child get used to getting up, eating and getting ready to go out the door on time.
- You might be nervous and worried about how your child is going to cope, it’s only natural. However, remember not to voice these concerns and talk positively about the new adventure. Listen to their worries and let your child know that you understand how they feel.
- Work on confidence building. Join clubs in the summer to help your child learn more about making friends, sharing and also to teach your child how to speak to group leaders. You’ll want them to feel confident about asking to use the bathroom.
- Talk to your friends and other parents about your own concerns, when the children aren’t around.
Are your children starting school in September? Or do you have any tips to share with other parents? Come and tell us how you’re preparing for this next step over on the official Golden Bear Toys Facebook page.
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