There’s a spanking new uniform hanging in the wardrobe, you’ve spent hours choosing the right schoolbag, and there’s a snack box in the kitchen all set for its first biscuits, but how ready are you and your little ones really feeling about those first few days of school, mamas?
Our friends at the Australian International School have provided some ace tips on how to make the transition as smooth as possible:
School starts at home
Use the weeks before school to get your baba used to the idea while they’re still with you at home. Remember those routines that were so important with a newborn? Get a new routine going that’s in line with the rhythms of a school day. Also, talk about school as a family, and what an exciting, grown-up step it is!
Preparation through play
Play school together, maybe trying out the uniform for size and starting some basic games combined with plenty of activities, singing and familiar nursery rhymes.
Know your school
Ask the school what it can offer to help with the adjustment period, and make sure to check out any get-togethers for new starters. AIS holds an event that helps you understand how these early weeks will work, with a chance to meet the support team who’ll be on hand to soothe nervous newbies (kids and mamas alike!). With welfare a top priority, AIS even has a full-time counsellor for each school year.
Try it out
Make a date with the school so your youngster can get used to the new surroundings. For kiddos entering into prep, transition sessions can help smooth the nerves, as children are shown around their classroom and the school before term starts.
On that all-important first day, it can be daunting handing your little partner in crime over to someone new. Take time to get to know “your” teacher so you feel comfortable chatting about any problems that might pop up. At AIS, experienced prep teachers have lunch with charges in their first term.
Spend time at school
Jitters don’t disappear at the school gate on the first day, even if our darlings have skipped off onto the playground. At AIS, the Parent Café can help ease the anxiety for you both; you’ll know they’re in good hands and they’ll know you’re there for any early upsets.
AIS’s school year starts in January, in line with Australia and New Zealand’s school calendars. Don’t worry if you’re moving from a Northern Hemisphere school year; AIS will find the year group that best suits your kiddo’s age and ability.
Join AIS for a personal tour or book a place at the next Open House event on Friday 6 February, where you can meet academic heads and tour the facilities. Call (+65) 6517 0247 or go online to book your visit now, mamas!
Australian International School Pte Ltd is registered by the Council for Private Education. CPE Registration number 199204405H. Period of registration, 6 July 2011 to 5 July 2015.
Australian International School
1 Lorong Chuan Singapore 556818
Tel: (+65) 6883 5155