It’s that time of year again, BACK TO SCHOOL!!!! Some parents are rejoicing and some are sad, wondering where the time went. Despite our feelings, it’s not about us, it’s about getting our children ready so they can enter the upcoming school year with confidence.
I personally feel one of the most important things for a child getting ready for school is to be emotionally ready. For those attending kindergarten or preschool for the first time, this is a big deal for them. Morning may be a bit busier and earlier than they are used to. Being away from home longer than usual and having lunch somewhere new without mom or dad to help them can be overwhelming. What do they do if they can’t open the fruit cup or cheese string?
One thing I found that helped my daughter the most when entering kindergarten was for her to know a few friends going to the same school. Having a familiar face gave her a sense of security and she looked forward to finding them on the playground. If you’re new to the area or don’t know many of the kids going to your child’s’ school, you are welcome to post in the Network of Moms facebook group here and set up a playdate at a local playground or meet new moms.
Another thing I’ve been doing is reviewing their previous school work (if returning to a higher grade). When my daughter finished kindergarten in the Spring, I kept a few workbooks and we sit down for a few minutes each day and play “school”. If this is their first year of Kindergarten, you can just start by going over simple things such as numbers, shapes, and word pronunciation.
Not everyone loves shopping but there’s something special about back to school shopping. Let your child come with you and help pick out the school supplies. Let them select a few outfits and new footwear that will make them feel confident as they start the new year. Before doing this, be sure to check their drawers to see exactly what they need. Have them try on pants and sweaters as they’ve likely grown over the summer.
And once your little one hops on the bus, it’s ok to cry and hug your neighbour!
Michelle Lefrancois was born and raised in the small town of Grand Bay-Westfield, NB. She graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Business Degree in 2004. After graduation, she worked in the Finance and Banking world for 10 years before deciding to be a stay at home mom to her two young daughters. She’s the founder of Network of Moms and loves helping other moms connect. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors with her husband, 2 children and 2 Boxers.