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    Default I really wonder if Pre-primary it worth it

    DD has just started pre-primary and is utterly exhausted. Last year was hard enough with 5 days a fortnight of full days and there fore no naps but now!!!
    5 days per week of no day time naps and the tantrums are crazy, the whinging is rediculous and the not wanting to do anything but sit around is just plain annoying.

    Yes i know ive been lucky to have a 4/5 year old who still naps but now shes just exhausted. I dont know what to do. I kept her home one day on the first week, then she (we) managed the second week full. Its only monday of the 3rd week and shes already throwing tantrums, refusing to eat, refusing to do anything after school...i asked her to pick up 2 toys from the lounge room and she threw a tanty.

    i sometimes really wonder if pre-primary is really worth it!!!

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    why not drop her days down?

    I am assuming this is pre prep...not the official first year of primary school?

    It if is is the first year of primary school...is she young to start? Maybe she needs to wait a year?

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    I think it takes a good couple of months for kids to adjust to school, the routine of it and the fact they are always doing some type of activity, especially is she is used to napping in the day time.

    I say just give it time, have you adjusted her bedtime?

    Dsd Is fine during the day but definitely needs more sleep at night so we have moved her bed time an hour forward and let her read quietly for half an hour so she has time to unwind before sleep.

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    This is my fear. My dd will be 4.5 when she starts prep next year and she will be the absolute youngest in her class (born 30 June). All her Kindy teachers think she is academically ready, or will be. So do I. But I just worry about how busy she will be. She doesn't have day sleeps at home though. But at Kindy she still has a small nap.

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    yeah My DD found Pre Primary exhausting. Such a big change from 2 or 3 days a week kindy.

    (I am assuming you are in WA ... as other states have a different system)

    I would talk to her teacher to be honest. Perhaps suggest that she not go on wednesdays for a couple of weeks to give her a bit of wind down time.

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    - get her to pick up toys etc in the morning before school, so that afternoons are just for veg-out time

    - when you get home, giver her a snack and put on a movie, or sit down and read to her for a good while. Lots of quiet time after school. Let her wind down and have that down time. It doesnt last forever, and soon you will find that her little body does adjust to a more rigorous school schedule.

    - cut down/out any after school activities for at least 1st term, if not for the whole year. I found DD wasnt really ready for afterschool activities until about 4th term

    - make sure she is eating enough fruit and veggies. It will work.

    - make sure bed time is early.

    Best wishes

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    my ds has just started primary and honestly its no better! he still naps too even though he is 5.5! He hasnt done wednesday for the first 3 weeks either...so next week is going to be worse! Arghhhh...Sorry just in the same boat except hes in compulsary school now....

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    DD was 5 and 1 month when she started Pre-Primary and even though she'd had 2.5 days of kindy plus 1 daycare day the year before she was still pooped. She hadn't day napped since she was 2.5 either.

    Her class would all have a pillow each and get rest time after lunch most days. If her class don't do anything like this, perhaps talk to the teacher. Explain that she has still been napping and she needs some quiet time each day. As a teacher I have accomodated this for Kindy and also had PP kids just plain crash out asleep during after-lunch story time.

    A lot of schools transition to full time school with reduced days, but this is less common now. I am sure that the school would be happy for you to do 4 days a week for the first few weeks. Just work with the teacher about which day is best to miss (the least essential work).

    Afternoons I would do like PPs said, stick her in front of the telly with a plate of snacks. We'd do a big clean up on Sunday afternoon, that way everything stayed quite tidy all week as she didn't have the energy to play. We had 2 nights of dancing and sat swimming lessons too - which was really too much!!


 

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