Most of us can recall the nerves we felt on our first day starting at a new school; whether moving from nursery to primary school, or primary to secondary school, the prospect can be a daunting one for many children. Not only are there new places and faces to contend with, there are new rules and routines to take on board. We’ve compiled some first day survival tips, to help guide both you and your child through…
Top Tips for Surviving the First Day of School
1) Begin talking to your child about the new school before the term starts. Discuss what they might be learning in the upcoming school year: the type of activities they’ll be involved with, the class, any children they might already know who’ll also be going, teachers, etc
2) Involve them (but be careful not to let them take over) with school purchases: school books, bags, pens, etc
3) Take your child to the school whilst it’s still closed. Help them to familiarise themselves with the walk/drive route. Allow them to see the scope / scale of the school premises. If possible, point out the school office, the library and any other areas of the school that you can see from the street. Try guessing which classroom your child may be in.
4) Purchase the uniform early and avoid leaving it to the last minute; stock levels deplete rapidly the closer to the new school term you get. Let your child see and try it on beforehand and don’t forget to label EVERYTHING.
5) Start a trend of going to bed earlier every day of the week. It will be easier to fall asleep the night before the first day of school if your child has already established a habit of an earlier bedtime.
6) If your child is having a packed lunch, go over the menu with them the day before so s/he knows what to expect.
7) Make a special breakfast. Plan a special ‘First Day of School’ menu with your child and offer a selection of healthy choices. Set the table the night before and sit down together to eat breakfast. Attempting to slow down the pace on a busy morning will relax your child and give them time to ask you questions or discuss fears. If your child has been sick lately or having any uncomfortable pains, then got to these kick pain clinics.
8) Assure your child that everyone gets a little nervous on the first day of school. Talk about what other children are probably feeling and how the feeling will pass very soon. Remind them that you will see them in the afternoon and how you will look forward to hearing all about their day.
9) Arrive slightly early so that everyone is calm and collected. Arriving early will also enable both you and your child to meet other children and parents as they arrive.
10) Walk your child to the door, introduce the teacher, help them locate their desk, coat hook and locker, kiss them on the cheek and say goodbye. Avoid the urge to circle back and peer through the window to see how your child is doing. It makes it much harder on your child to say goodbye the second time around.
Little Grippers were delighted to write the Top Tips for Surviving the First Day of School for the premier UK celebrity and lifestyle magazine At Home. If you haven’t heard of At Home before you can see the full article and visit their website at www.athomemagazine.co.uk/
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This weekend we helped to support an excellent local charity called School For Parents at their 1st ever fundraising Summer Party.
School For Parents are a Nottingham-based charity that supports babies and pre-school children with conditions such as cerebral palsy that cause motor disorders or motor development delay. They also run specialist projects to help children with Down’s syndrome improve their communication skills.
They work closely with both the children and their parents to encourage and motivate each child’s desire to achieve tasks. At the same time, they give parents the knowledge, confidence and strength they need to cope with their child’s disability and understand how they can help.
All of their activities have a common goal – to help every child reach his or her full potential within a safe, fun and supportive environment.
At School for Parents, most of their work involves children with motor learning difficulties or motor development delay. They encourage these children to develop basic motor, sensory and self help skills such as sitting, standing, touching, listening, looking, eating and playing.
The early intervention that they offer quickly benefits young children with cerebral palsy, or other conditions caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls movement. With the help of their specialised programmes and strategies, children learn to overcome their physical challenges and, consequently, their challenges to learning.
They’ve also developed a range of special communication projects for children with Down’s syndrome, who respond well to the structured repetition of fun songs, rhyme and play.
A key part of their work is to help parents understand and accept their child’s disability and teach them how to help their child. All too often, parents of disabled children don’t know where to turn – they may feel isolated, powerless or depressed.
School For Parents staff give parents and siblings the emotional support they need to help them cope, as well as offering practical advice and information. They also give parents the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences and offer each other mutual support.
So how did Little Grippers get involved?
Well, we have seen for ourselves the progress one very special girl has made, partly down to the love and constant effort and encouragement her parents have given her but also because of her time spent at the School For Parents Centre and the support received.
As the School is 100% charity funded, it needs every penny it can raise to help as many children as possible. It costs around £200,000 a year to run School For Parents, with some 60 families from across Nottinghamshire currently benefiting from its work. Little Grippers believes that School For Parents is a very worthwhile charity, and we are proud to have done a little to help.
The Summer Party was a great success, we had a stall at the Fun Day where we met a lot of parents and grandparents who thought our products were a great invention and an excellent idea, one that was very much needed, and as a bonus, from every pair of socks bought on the day we have donated £1 to the charity.
We are looking forward to next years Summer Party and any other fundraising days in between!!
Find out more at www.schoolforparents.org or you can “like” their Facebook page at facebook.com/schoolforparents.newsandinformation and follow them at twitter.com/sfp_nottingham
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