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Preparing your kids for school

Preparing your kids for school

The first day of school of a child is a very emotional milestone It is an exciting time for parents as this event signals the beginning of the process of independence of their child The classroom is also a new territory for a child filled with new things to discover and more mates of their age to socialize withThe transition may be overwhelming for a child so it is up to parents to make sure that their child is prepared to enter this new phase and breeze through easily Here are some suggestions that you can make to prepare your toddlers for school so they will be smiling when you take that photo of their first day

Is your child ready? Although age can be an indicator of whether a kid is ready to begin school, it need not be so Look out for certain skills and abilities that are required in a classroom setting and make sure your child has them by the time you plan them to join a class Otherwise they may face challenges that they cannot handle and the frustration can make the classroom experience more stressful and frustrating than enjoyable

Kids entering school need to have the ability to pay attention for a long period They must be able to concentrate at the tasks assigned to them What you can do  a few months in advance is to introduce activities to your child that requires sitting down and focus for say 20 minutes This can include reading time and playing with one kind of game like a puzzle that they need to finish Then you can gradually increase the period targeting 40 minutes which is how a typical class activity lasts

Likewise, your child needs to be able to work at his task by himself without much help or supervision Let them know the importance of listening and following to instructions by making activities at home such as practice writing or doing arts and crafts that follows a procedure Let them do some chores at home so they'll experience what responsibility is such as table setting and help folding the laundry

When a child enters school, his daily routine suddenly changes and he needs to adapt to the new setting and the rules that operate Help them transition well in advance by bringing them to new places with policies that need to be abided by to such as a library or a museum and teach them about inside and outside voice, the need to be quiet and listen when someone is talking and how to raise their hand when they want to say something

It is also important that your child knows the rules of play very well such as taking turns and waiting in queue for the see-saw as they will be faced with that situation at play time in school Explain to them how to properly react in certain situations that they may encounter in the playground such as a kid cutting in line or swiping his toy Reinforce your kid's confidence and make sure they can introduce themselves properly and talk in front of a class by practicing them in front of family and friends

Practice the routine As adults hate sudden changes in schedule, so will your child So gradually get in the routine of a typical school day beginning with setting a bedtime and sticking to it weeks before the school starts This will tune in their bodies to sleep at the right time and get plenty of rest for the day ahead Do not forget to include yourself in these rehearsals As you must avoid making mornings stressful by rushing on doing their lunch or snack packs And as the day nears, do an actual dry run especially when school is far so you will know exactly how much time to allocate for dressing up, breakfast and travel Give an allowance for traffic, finding a parking slot and other worst case scenarios that might happen at home such as a spill on the kid's uniforms
When your child knows what the routine is, they are more lik

ely to feel secure and not make much fuss Making sure that mornings are happy and stress-free can set the right mood in your child that can help them to face the challenges of school

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