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    Default Tips for a 1st time school Mum??

    Hey guys, as title suggests.. Looking for hints, tips, etiquette etc for a soon to be first time school Mum. My one and only son starts prep next year.. What do I need to know?

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    That getting them up and to school everyday for some reason is tiring LOL.

    It is so much fun, they love it and learn so fast!

    Be weary of parent politics and the "click". It can be a little disheartening.

    They always seem to want more food if you pack a lesser amount, but don't eat it all when you pack more (if that makes sense).

    Buy good quality shoes! The others don't hold up to the wear.

    Pack spare clothes, even if you won't think they will need them.

    That is it for now.

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    See... I've heard about school mum cliques... I have a feeling ill be labelled snob because I am not social and probably will have no interest in socialising with people from school... Would that give me a snob label do you think? Lol

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    One question I've got.... How do you get to school on time? Tips for getting ready?

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    Hi
    You are eager I teach Kindy (WA) and I agree with everything Cheerilee has said.

    Here are my tips for getting ready
    Lay out the clothes/ shoes the night before
    Pack the lunch the night before
    Check everything that is needed is in the bag the night before

    Always have spare clothes (a complete change) we spill things/ make mess/ do messy things all the time at kindy or have accidents and it is so much easier/ less stressful for the child if we can quickly get them changed without calling you.

    If you want to start doing academic things with your DS we start the year with colours, shapes,the alphabet, numbers 1-10 and writing their name so that we be a good start.
    Last edited by Mallie; 18-04-2012 at 17:11. Reason: Terrible typing errors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mallie View Post
    Hi
    You are eager I teach Kindy (WA) and I agree with everything Cheerilee has said.

    Here are my tips for getting ready
    Lay out the clothes/ shoes the night before
    Pack the lunch the night before
    Check everything that is needed is in the bag the night before

    Always have spare clothes (a complete change) we spill things/ make mess/ do messy things all the time at kindy or have accidents and it is so much easier/ less stressful for the child if we can quickly get them changed without calling you.

    If you want to start doing academic things with your DS we start the year with colours, shapes,the alphabet, numbers 1-10 and writing their name so that we be a good start.
    Is kindy over there 4 or 5 year olds. My son going to prep next year, the year b4 grade 1 but you know how it is here... Prep is practically grade 1!

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    Getting to school on time is so much fun....not. I do a fair bit the night before depending on how tired I am. They like to help pack their lunches as well so they usually do that while I am in the shower.

    Um I make it the same for them every morning. Breakfast is 7:30am we leave at 8:42am (if I leave later it is impossible to get a park although they would still be there on time). I do make sure that everything apart from their lunch boxes are in their bag the night before. So any homework, notes excursion money or tuck shop (on Fridays).

    Breakfast
    Brush teeth
    Get dressed
    Do their hair (I have girls)
    Socks and shoes

    As they have been being a little painful they now have a star chart with one of the things to work on is getting to school. This is working wonderfully at the moment (day 3 lol).

    Oh tuck shop is a HUGE thing! They are all so excited when they have tuck shop.

    For some reason getting ready to go to school is so much harder than getting ready to go to vacation care even though they are at the same place.

    Have fun!!

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    Kindy over here is 3 turning 4 and 4 turning 5.

    Pre-primary is 4 turning 5 and 5 turning 6 so confusing!

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    i suggest trying to be friendly with the other mums...it can be a great resource of information, helping out if someone running late, coffee mornings etc

    If you are worried about something, speak up early and nicely. I mean, give the year a few weeks to settle in but if you are concerned about social issues or something is upsetting your child approach the teacher and work together on it...go in with the assumption that you and the teacher can be a great team and solve any problems.

    Be involved if you have time...schools often need helpers for reading or craft or a whole manner of things. Being involved helps you learn more about the school and supports them in creating a great learning environment for your child.

    Back your child's teacher where possible. If your child complains about something....listen to them...but before reacting, check with the teacher as well about what happened.

    Mostly, have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy2be3 View Post
    One question I've got.... How do you get to school on time? Tips for getting ready?
    I don't! I tend to start off the year well and get there on time, and by the end of term or the end of the year we are often getting there late

    Quote Originally Posted by Happy2be3 View Post
    See... I've heard about school mum cliques... I have a feeling ill be labelled snob because I am not social and probably will have no interest in socialising with people from school... Would that give me a snob label do you think? Lol
    If I were you, I would just try talking to some of the parents while they are in Prep and everyone is new And maybe make an effort to go to any birthday parties they are invited to. I found once Grade 1 started everyone just stuck to the people they knew from Prep, and even the birthday parties we've been invited to this year are kids from her class last year... and then meeting new parents through those friends, if that makes sense? And it is easier to break in when everyone is new, rather than getting invited to a birthday party next year, and going along only to discover everyone else is in their own little tight knit group.

    I'd get involved in helping out if you can as well. Nice way to get to know all the kids that they talk about even getting to know the teacher a bit and seeing what goes on in the classroom.

    And I second good quality shoes. They spend so much time in them!

    I also don't go too overboard with lunch... if I just pack an acceptable amount it all gets eaten, but if I pack too much none of it gets eaten


 

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