Is your child starting school soon? Starting school for the first time can be daunting to both parents and kids. It can bring up a lot of feelings. There’s lots of things that might cross your mind, such as will my child be bullied, will they cope with a new routine and will they make friends. It’s always important to keep communicating with your child. Below are some things to do with your child to get them prepared before and during the start of school.

1) Independence the Montessori way⁣:
Things like teaching your child to learn to pour their own water, put on their own shoes, or clean their own play area, will help them become a more confident, independent child, which will lead to ongoing benefits throughout their school life.

2) Learn about emotions:
⁣Talking about different feelings will help your child talk about different emotions and understand how they’re feeling during this new transition.

3) Hygiene:
⁣⁣Hygiene is important at school. One of the best ways to help them is to try and make their trips to the toilet a fun learning experience.

4) Sharing:
⁣Encouraging your child to share their toys through pretend play is a great way to help them practice turn-taking.

5) Write down worries and hopes:
Get your child to write down everything they’re looking forward to at school and everything they’re worried about. This can help to ease their concerns.

Going to school for the first time can be scary. We hope your child has a great first day!


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Natalie is the co-founder and illustrator at Little Scholars Playground. She is passionate about literacy, learning, illustrating, black women in STEM and Montessori.

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