The new term and a new start for many. My favourite aspect of the new term is that I do like the optimism and renewed effort that many of my students bring to the classroom. In September the students are often keen to meet new teachers and take great care in having the correct equipment. This doesn’t always last though and my children are no exception! It is the time to grab the students attention and get them in the best possible frame of mind for the academic year ahead. Being a teacher, married to teacher with two school age children and a pre schooler our year most definitely runs Sept to Sept. We have new diaries and calendars and I feel refreshed and renewed.
What as parents can we do to help our children get off to the best start? Here are my five ‘back to school’ top tips.
Firstly having good equipment is important. I find that if children are prepared and feel good this enhances self esteem. I always get Chloe a new school bag and she likes a new pencil case to. Pink lining have a nice range of bags – they are not just for mums! I suggest bags with different sections as it helps with organisational skills. I remember myself my dad always taking me to stock up on stationary at the start of each September.
Secondly start reducing the bedtime timings about a week before term starts. We often let the rules relax over the holidays (and so we should in my opinion) and children go to bed later. Reduce the time by 5/10 minutes every few nights until they are settling at the ideal time. I see the effects in the classroom of those who don’t have enough sleep. Again a nice warm bath with some calming bubble bath is ideal for helping the wind down time. Followed with a good story – promote and help the classroom teacher here with developing a love of books.
Thirdly plan for lunchboxes. I often struggle to find inspiration for healthy snacks. The end of the holidays is a good time to stock up the freezer with healthy snacks that can be used when back at school. As a working mum of three I don’t often have time to get creative in term time. Therefore I ensure my freezer stocked with pre made Shepards pies for tea but also bits for lunch boxes like mini pizzas made with puff pastry.
Another tip is to label everything! It is amazing how quickly PE kits and school coats can be mixed up. My son has even come home wearing the wrong shoes in the past! If everything is labelled it is much quicker for teachers and parents to sort out and switch rightful owners. Have you ever seen how much lost property is never claimed in an average school!
Finally give your child responsibility. If you train them well they will be a great asset. My children each have specific chores to be done each morning to ensure that we leave the house on time. Bags must be packed the night before. My nine year old has to load the car in the morning whilst the teen washes up the breakfast dishes. They are both responsible for making their beds. They may not be perfect but they are work in progress and I am sure their future partners will thank me for instilling this into them!
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