Read your child some books on starting school from the library. Talk about your first day at school and what you did. Talk about how you met all these great new friends.
Discuss whether they are going to have a school dinner or a packed lunch tomorrow and how they know when it is lunch time etc. If you are sending in a packed lunch, make sure you agree what you are putting in the box with them.
Discuss how to ask the teacher for the toilet or where they are - pretty important and remember to send in spare underpants and trousers or skirt just in case of an accident.
- Take a photo of your little one in their school uniform on their first day. It is something you will treasure forever.
- Take the camera to school and take a photo of them with their friends all starting school together. I remember the photo of our youngest on the first day sitting on the school doorstep in a huff at having to go to school and not stay home - it's a classic! Once his friends all arrived he was a completely different child thankfully.
- Don't be late! Plan early and be ready. It takes time to feed them and get them out the door changed, washed and ready with the kit. Allow at least an hour.
- Pack everything a couple of days ahead apart from the lunch.
- Don't worry about them.
- Get a healthy snack ready for them for after school as I often found that the kids came home tired, like they were having a sugar low (crabby and moody) especially in the first year. The extra energy from a healthy snack helps give them a pick me up for the rest of the day.
Discuss the day and how they found it and work through any problems they may have had with encouragement and advice. Prepare everything for the next day.
Now do this for the next umpteen years! Hard work, but definitely worth it.
Labels4Kids has compiled a starting school check list of everything you will need to buy or prepare for starting school.