Starting school is a huge transition for even the most confident of children. There are so many things that they will have to start doing for themselves and it can only help them if we provide them with the tools and skills they need to cope and flourish in the school environment.
I hope to give you and your children some fun and helpful ideas to support your child in preparing to start school in my blog series “STARTING SCHOOL MADE EASY”
In this 3rd part we are focusing on how we can support your child’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
- Play board games together to encourage the concept of turn taking.
- Have lots of love and cuddles. Your child will be needing this extra emotional refueling and to know you are there for them during this big transition.
- Encourage social interaction with children of a similar age. Take trips to the park, arrange play dates and enjoy other social activities where your child can mix with others.
- Make a “Starting school” book together. Draw pictures of things that they might do, people they might see, games they might play. How will they get to school? Walk, bike, scooter or bus? What would they like in their lunch box or to eat for school dinners. Is there anything worrying them? what are they looking forward to?
- Give your child the time to talk through fears and worries. Recognise these as real feelings no matter how silly they might sound to you.
- Make a list of things that make us good friends. Such as helping each other, asking others to join in our games, using kind words.
- Some things will seem very tricky so it is nice to think about what we are good at. What are your child’s strengths. What do they think they are good at or know a lot about?