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Save time on your morning school run with these tips

Most parents have horror stories about getting kids ready for school. Arguments, tired children and that missing shoe makes getting to kindergarten or primary school a lot harder in the morning. We looked around the web and gathered some of the best tips to help your morning school run go smoother.

 

Get the kids involved

Your goal as a parent is to raise independent children. Part of that is involving them in the decision making process. One Sydney mother followed her friend’s advice and sat down with her daughter to make a to-do list of what had to get done in the mornings. It included the following:

  • Make the bed
  • Brush teeth
  • Eat breakfast
  • Pack school bag

The parent gave the child responsibility as opposed to telling them what to do. The end result was an excited child ticking off the items on the list every morning and feeling that rush of achievement. Read more in the article below.

The lifesaving list that saved my mornings

 

Check the calendar

Preschools and big schools have designated days for special events. This gives parents a headache when they don’t know about them until the night before. The handy solution is to get a copy of the term schedule and have it hanging somewhere it’ll be seen. This way, even if you have children in different grades at school or in daycare, you know what to pack and prepare ahead of time.

 

The go bag

Sometimes your children won’t be in the mood for breakfast at home, only to complain of hunger as soon as they get in the car. This is where the go bag comes in handy. The night before, pack healthy snacks like muesli bars, some fruit, and a squeezie yogurt/Milo with you when you leave the house.

 

Spend some money

Yes, it’s a necessary evil, but spend some money now to save time for the rest of the school year? It’s a fair trade. The mother in the below article scoured Pinterest boards and life hack articles so she could get her kids organized and to school before the morning bell. The DIY project resulted in a beautiful ‘school area’ in the house, complete with lockers and a schedule for both of her children to complete tasks after school.

 

Back to school organization hacks

Daycare to big school: are you ready for it?

Graduating from daycare is a momentous day for parents and children alike, and the next step is just as big. Big school. The change in routine and a new environment will be startling for your son or daughter. Luckily, there’s useful tips out there by experts to help them ease into their new learning environment.

 

The big changes

  • Learning environment

Primary school introduces children to a formal learning environment for the first time with set hours, a curriculum, and a whole new place to explore. The environment itself is strange initially, the furniture is bigger and the learning aids (books, posters) are more advanced.

 

  • Rules

We’re not just talking about rules of behaviour. Children learn good manners at home, way before daycare or big school. We’re talking about rules surrounding school routine. Unlike daycare, schools have periods where kids are taught certain subjects. There’s time for morning tea and lunch whereas before, at daycare, kids would eat when they were hungry.

Your child will learn classroom etiquette, too. This includes raising hands, lining up neatly, and listening for long periods of time.

 

  • New relationships

A new school means building new relationships. Children who go to the same daycare together mightn’t go to the same school after they graduate. Your child will have to face not only making new friends but also getting used to the new teachers. Daycare is a smaller, more intimate environment with a few educators for one group of children. School has different teachers for different grades and subjects that your child will meet within days.

 

Supporting them

Your son or daughter is going to feel overwhelmed with the changes they face and there’s ways you can help them manage.

 

  • Do homework together

Doing this with your child has several benefits, including bonding time and promoting essential skills like literacy and numeracy. Also practice hand-eye coordination like cutting up items with scissors and stacking building blocks to make a small house.

 

  • Give them space

Little brains get exhausted quickly. Though you’re eager to hear about their first day, let your son or daughter just sit and breathe for a moment or two. Follow their lead. If they’re bursting to tell you about their day, then great! But if they look like they’re asleep on their feet, give them a snack and put them in comfy clothes when you get home.

 

  • Meet other parents

Making friends at a new school isn’t just for the children. Parents also make fast friends before the term begins, usually during open days and information nights. Bonding over shared anxieties about the first day of school will soon turn into sharing the pickup/drop off and arranging play times at each other’s houses.

The beginning of the new school year is a time for parents to make new friends