"I'm not ready!" I hear you all cry. He/she is only a BABY! He/she can't possibly be old enough for school, surely!
But the time travels so fast and they are, indeed, growing up. So to ease the transition I've pulled together some of the best blog posts and articles on the web at the moment on 'starting school'. What skills they need to practise in advance, what you can do to ease your own pain as a parent, help for parents with children with allergies, what extra things expats may need to consider and a whole lot of resources to help you out. I hope it's useful!
What preparation can I do with my child before starting school?
Five Key Skills: Over at Mindful Mum, Lorna Clark, parenting consultant and maternity nurse, explains five important skills that will help make your child's transition to school that little bit easier.
Putting on coats and shoes: It's really helpful for a child to learn this skill before school. With one teacher to up to thirty children, it's difficult for the teacher to help everyone get coats and shoes on. Check out these top tips for helping your child learn this important skill at The Nurture Store
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Potty Training? Karen is flabbergasted that potty training before school seems to be so difficult for some parents. Or does it become an issue when they are engrossed in the new tasks at school and forget to ask to go?
What do you think?
Have you toilet trained your little one in preparation for their new school life?
K is for Kit.
It's a great idea to incorporate some activities like this through the summer period.
Life, Ninja Killer Cat and everything else, Claire provides some great tips for starting to read with your pre-schooler. It's good to get them familiar with books and reading as early as possible. After all, to learn about other things you first need to be able to read!
Red Ted Art, has pulled together a collection of the best back to school crafts to get you in the mood for the start of school.
If the idea of a yummy Schultuete doesn't get them running through the front gates, maybe the gorgeous notebooks and decorated pencils will? At the very least, the last week of the summer holidays are sorted!
What about me?
How will I cope? What are other mums feeling?
Mum on the Brink is a mum feeling sentimental about the next stage in her young girls life.
This post is sure to strike a chord with mums everywhere.
starts school in a few weeks. Nursery's often cater very well for working parents, but with the move to school, and a 3.30pm finish she's got some logistics to work out. Find out how the preparation is going with this follow-up post too.
Writing, Rambling and Reviews, is really proud of her growing boy. Legs is really looking forward to attending his new school in September.
Making the most of time at home: Pippa, over at A Mother's Ramblings, has collated a list of the things she wants to do with her Big Boy before he starts school in a year. It's a long list! Are there things you want to do before the new term comes around?
What if my child has allergies?
this comprehensive post provides information on how to establish a management plan, what questions to ask and how to prepare for school when your child suffers from allergies.
For those with food allergies I particularly like the idea of sending a 'special treat' tin to school so that your child doesn't miss out on a treat when other children bring in birthday buns or treats to hand out. This is just one of many useful tips on this site.
What about schools outside the UK?
Find out more about Funky Monkey's start at her new Dutch school in this vibrant and enlightening post over at Tales from Windmill Fields.
This post is an insightful and comprehensive discussion as to the best starting school age for children, including what to consider if thinking about holding your child back for a year.
Reading, phonics and books!
Their Key Stage 1 Welcome Pack is a great place to start.
here, outlines my views on the new Phonics Screening Tests, and rest assured, my summary is that you shouldn't be at all concerned with this test. It's a test of the teacher's method, not the child's ability.
Books: Starting School
For books that serve a double purpose; firstly getting the process of reading underway and secondly, reading about starting school! This is my special collection of books to get you and your child, in the mood!
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Good luck to all those children starting school in 4 short weeks. Have fun!
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