The first day of school is probably one of the most important days of your child’s life and preparing them for that day is really important. You want to make sure your child isn’t scared and overwhelmed by the new situation. You want your child to be able to make friends and not be left out. And also you want your child be able to participate in learning. So you want to help prepare them for starting school, but don’t worry if you haven’t done anything yet as there are a few weeks before the new school year and that’s plenty of time to help them get ready.
One of the very first things you can do it talk to your child. Ask them what they are looking forward to about school and what they are worried about. Also get a book about ‘going to school’. These can be really helpful and you can talk with your child about the story.
Having themed play weeks through the summer is fantastic, as children always learn through play.

Here are some ideas for different themes:

  • Zoo week
  • Dinosaur week
  • Food week
  • Nature week
  • Sports week
  • Rainbow week
I have already done a dinosaur theme week with my children (7, 2 & 1 years) and they loved it See it here
And I’m halfway through doing our Zoo week which I will post about soon – here are the Paper Plate lions we made
Try to help your child learn their colours by going on colour scavenger hunts around the house or garden. I also made a sensory tub with yellow items in to keep the kids quiet one day when I was busy, but since I have also used this to hide the items around the room and have my two youngest find all the yellow items and put them back in the tub. I have also done this with red and blue and it’s really helping them learn their colours
I also made some first words which are great for helping your child start to read and recognise words see here
I hope these few tips have been helpful and for more healthy back to school tips click on the picture below
I was selected for this sponsored Healthy Routines opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #healthyhabits #cgc

As a member of Clever Girls Collective, I was selected to participate in the Healthy Habits program sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and Colgate-Palmolive. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #healthyhabits #cgc
What are your top tips for starting school?

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1 comment on “How to Prepare your Child for Starting School”

  1. Preparing your child for school seems a practical, sensible and caring approach to Parenting. As it has been said that “it is easier to deal with the known than the unknown”. So it would seem practical to prepare the child, the family and the support network for school days. It should be positive, as it will be a time of learning and socialising :- which can be useful for many years to come. preparation for the child’s adulthood etc.

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