A child’s first day at school marks the start of a whole new way of learning and interacting with the world. It’s an exciting time, but it can also be a daunting one to adjust to, with so many new friends, teachers, and environments. Help your child make the most out their first day and settle into the school routine with a few of the ideas below.
Consider a Clock
Some children find it difficult to wake up in the morning, so purchasing a new alarm clock before the first day of school can be a great way to assist them in developing a set time to get up, get dressed and have breakfast.
Plan Outfits Together
Ask you child to help you plan their outfit for school the night before. Involve them in the decision-making, and perhaps allow them to select a favorite color or t-shirt to wear. If your child is required to wear a uniform talk through with them the school rules regarding how the uniform is to be worn well ahead of time.
Hats and Sunglasses
Don’t forget that your child is likely to be outside for at least part of the day during breaks, sometimes when there is strong sun exposure. Ensure they have a hat with a brim, and a pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes. Many schools no how a ‘no hat, no play’ policy what you will need to explain to your child to avoid upsets on the first day.
When selecting a backpack for your child to take to school, remember that bigger is not necessarily best. You want something light enough for them to tote around, with enough space to carry the essentials. Look for quality materials, and where possible, personalize it to really make it feel like the child’s own and to avoid it becoming misplaced.
It’s critical to label everything that goes to school, from items of clothing, backpacks, to lunchboxes and stationery. Opt for waterproof labels that you won’t need to worry about -marker pens and iron-on labels can be especially useful. Show your child where you have marked everything so they know what to look for if their things go missing or get mixed up with someone else’s items. Much sure that they are able to recognize their names before the first day of school rolls around!
Your school will likely have provided you with a stationery list in advance. Involve your child in the purchase these items so that they can learn to recognize their things. Choosing stationery is a wonderful way of getting excited about learning on the first day of school, so let your child pick their favorite colors and designs.
Healthy bites to eat are a must at school, especially when a child is still adjusting to new schedules. A favorite cartoon character on a lunchbox or a little note from home tucked into a sandwich can be a welcome reassurance on that first day.
With a bit of forward-planning, the first day of school can set an enjoyable, organized tone for the rest of the year. Make it a memorable experience for your child by helping them settle into a routine, and personalizing everything that goes to school. With a few familiar items and something to eat, they’ll soon be settling in.