The transition from pre-school to ‘big’ school can be daunting for some children. A new environment, new rules and new friends but you can do many things to help your children get ready for the first day of school.
When things go well – it’s relatively easy, but are your children prepared to respond if something goes wrong?
School is not always a good experience as it can be a source of problems and difficulties.
You can make a huge difference to how your child handles any challenges by taking some time to prepare.
Exploring solutions to potential problems
Can you remember back to your days at school and the difficulties you faced and all things that can go wrong?
Imagine if you had discussed them with your parents before hand and developed and practised strategies to cope.
Take the time to talk about topics like: finding the toilet, not knowing anyone, bullying, accidents, strangers and peer pressure.
Your child is more likely to cope better if they have discussed these kinds of situations; role-played and practised strategies before a problem actually occurs in real life.
You can learn more about this in my video. This is an invited talk at Merrydays pre-school for the mums and dads.
It is such an exciting and challenging time for both kids and parents, this short video is packed with strategies to make the transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
The best part is you are giving your children life skills that will hold them in good stead throughout their lives.
Do you have any tips to share at making the first day at school smoother?