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I’m 5 and I just started BIG school

Little kids sitting in a room with a blackboardWith school under way for another year, I’ve noticed that parents are writing about how their children are not always settling in to school – especially after being so excited before they began.

So why does this happen?

Sometimes I think a reminder of what it might be like to be “in the mind” of this child is a help to parents and teachers during this sometimes overwhelming time.

Fortunately I know how to be 5!

“I’m 5 …

I’ve been at school for about 4 weeks now.

BIG school my sister says.

So do I sometimes when I forget its name!

It’s not what I thought it might be sometimes.

My old friends are not there.

They went to a different school.

The teacher tells me to find a friend.

Who do I know?

I’ve just started school.

Here’s what I’m thinking about at the moment.

I’m in bed.

Dad read me a story and Mum kissed me goodnight.

I know I should be sleeping but here’s some stuff I want to tell you …

My weeks have been really, really busy.

I started school!

I knew it was going to be a long day.

I didn’t know it would be every day!

sad 5 y o28432681-1I heard about school for such a looooooong time from everyone mum and dad knew, the preschool, the people I play with at the park, the swimming lessons, soccer, at the doctors, and I was ready. I thought I was anyway. Mum and Dad said I was.

School is a big step, I heard someone say.

What is a big step.

I can walk up LOTS of steps.

School was a building I got taken to last year and it was a bit scary and a bit fun.

My parents said I’d be so grown up going to school.

I got a special uniform. I got new shoes.

A lunchbox, drink bottle, a bag.

In my favourite colours – blue and yellow.

I even got a hat with my school’s name on it.

I lost it today. My hat.

I don’t know where.

Mum’s a bit cross and I know now I won’t be able to play out in the playground.

You know, I really really miss preschool and being at home.

I have been told I have to go to school for 13 years.

I will be…maybe  about 120 by then.

… Is this right?”

4 school kids_28914408For most five-year-olds this time of their lives can be ‘overwhelming’ but taking time and understanding how it might be from the child’s perspective … parents and teachers … will help the children grow into school and all it has to offer.
I also recommend that if ‘school resistance’ by your child begins … or doesn’t end … you make time to explore why this may be occurring before seeking professional help via your school’s team of advisors. Sometimes time does help. It can also be that your 5-year-old (school starter age) is unable to express what is the matter and this will need some careful observing and noting it.

I hope that your child who just started school is going well. I also wish you the very best as a parent of a child at school. It hardly seems like anytime when you brought your baby home from hospital!

About Denyse Whelan

Denyse Whelan B.Ed M.Ed is a passionate retired K-6 educator. She loves sharing her knowledge gleaned over more than four decades via her blog called Denyse Whelan Blogs. Denyse has been a K-6 teacher, deputy ...

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