James is now at school full time! I am now a mother of child in full time school and a baby! eeeek how scary does that sound!
It seems so strange not having him home in the day, like something is missing. Evelyn despite only being a baby seems to miss him when hes not here (as do I!) and always greets him at the school gates with massive smiles when he peers into her pram. So now when James is home from school he loves spending time and playing with her even more!
He has been getting on really well and has made friends really quickly, which I have to admit was my biggest worry! I think most mums worry about their children making friends and settling in well.
James has started bringing home a reading diary now along with a book, He then keeps the book for a few days and reads it, then takes it back and swaps it for a new book. James loves to read so this is something he is really enjoying doing and gets all excited when he brings home a new book. The reading diary also has a little space for comments so if you feel your child has done really well on a book or struggled with something you can write it down in the book. I think thats a great way to be able to communicate a little information to the teachers when they are so busy at drop of and pick up times.
We have also been trying to continue the learning at home with a subscription to Twinkl (review coming soon) and educational games on the tablet, both seem to make learning fun and James seem to enjoy doing both without really realising he is learning!
If I had any advice it would be to talk to your child about school, what they will be doing there and how fun it will be before they start their new school journey. Schools can be big places and seem scary to such young children especially when you are leaving them there all day with new surroundings and new people! When I dropped James off on his first ever day he looked so tiny heading off into this big school!
Also if your school offers stay and play type sessions before they start definitely attend! It gives the child a chance to meet some of the children they going to be in school with and lets them get a feel of the school.
We did both of the above and I definitely think this helped with his swift and easy transition into school.
Do you have any top tips for helping children settling into school?