The countdown is on

WITH Victorian students returning to classrooms shortly, preparation for the lead-up can be both exciting and stressful for families.

Here are some helpful ideas to make the transition run as smoothly as possible for everyone, so that a wonderful start to the new schooling year can take place:
Organisation is so important in the weeks leading up to a new school year, there is lots to sort out before the first big day. Getting it done early can take some of the stress away from the process.

Things like sorting out school uniforms, shoes, books, and bags in early January is a wonderful place to start, that way as parents or caregivers can spend more time on their children’s emotional needs as they step into the next chapter of their lives.

Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school, which is perfectly normal, so taking that time with your child/children to talk with them about their feelings is crucial.

If you can tour the school and even connect with some friends by scheduling a play date before the school year starts, that may make all the difference. Get into a routine before the first day by setting an alarm clock a few days early, run through those morning rituals and practice doing them on time. Routines help children feel comfortable and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school run much smoother.

Excellence is not about being the best, it is about doing your best and it should not matter how slowly a child learns. Encouraging your child to enjoy their school years, make friends, have fun while learning and try their absolute best is a great way to encourage confidence on first big day of the new school year.