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Back to School - Posted - 26/08/2016 « Back to Blog

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Are you starting school in September?

I bet you are excited!

When I started school a few years ago I was excited too. But I was also a little shy and worried. When I told mum she reminded me of all the things I had learnt to do by myself. You could think about the things you can do yourself too e.g. it will really help your teacher if you can put your coat on and take it off when you go out at playtime. Then there is more time to do fun things like playing and listening to stories.

These are some of the things my mum taught me; maybe they will help you too.

  • To put my coat on and take it off by myself. Of course this is easy now but it wasn’t always the case.
  • To fasten my buttons and zips by myself (sometimes those zips were a problem!).
  • To recognise my name so I knew which peg to hang my coat on. Mum wrote it lots and lots of times and although I didn’t know the letter names, I soon recognised the shape my name made. Of course I am good at reading and writing now – but it was very helpful then.
  • To put my shoes on the right feet. I found this tricky! But mum came up with a good idea. She stuck a red sticker in my right shoe and a blue one in the left. It made it so much easier and now of course I don’t need stickers anymore! Hurrah!
  • To count to 10, we sang lots of songs together which we still do now, but I can count really well these days and I even love doing maths!
  • To listen to stories and guess what might happen next. I still love listening to stories, do you?

Mum also made sure my shoes had velcro fastenings, but now I can fasten my own laces!

She also wrote my name in my clothes and put a coloured spot next to it so I knew which was my jumper and didn’t end up going home in someone else’s.

Of course school has been great fun, I’ve made new friends and Miss Squeak has taught me lots. I still love making things best of all – I wonder what you will like best about school?

There are some good free ideas for activities to help you learn here. Perhaps you can use them with your mum, dad or grandma and granddad; it may help you get ready for your big day at school.

Don’t forget we have lots of ideas for activities for you to do here.

School is fun, so enjoy!!!