Hi guys, your top tips for all us newbies whose children start Prep (age 5) next year?
My Son has been attending day care three days per week since beginning last year, but as per QLD schooling goes,next year will be my first time as a full time school Mum...tips?
Tips regarding socializing with other school Mums, is the MummyMafia real?
Tips regarding lunches, routines etc
Are there unwritten ground rules I need to be aware of?
Any and all info would be great
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18-09-2012 08:57 #1
Your TOP TIPS for Newbie school Mums.....
18-09-2012 09:03 #2
Label all pencils individually (I got caught on that one, lol.)
I've never seen a mummy mafia. Just chat and be friendly with everyone.
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18-09-2012 09:07 #3
Check with the teacher before labeling the school items. I paid a fortune for individual pencil and crayon labels etc. meticulously labeled everything, bought him new everything, and then on the first day of school they just opened their pencil cases and dumped everything into a communal stationery cupboard. So I could have bought in last years scissors, rulers etc. and not bothered labeling as Prep shared resources.
I have not struck a mummy mafia, just smile and be friendly and you will find some mums to chat to after a while.
They will be tired for much of the first term, it is a big adjustment and so many hours, so lots of healthy food and lots of sleep to avoid meltdowns.
It is such a great year, they learn SO much, it is really incredible to watch.
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18-09-2012 10:13 #4Senior Member
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Most schools with prep chuck all the stationary in a community pile. Learnt that the hard way lol!
In regards to Mafia Mummy's, I havent come acorss any at my school. Ive found just being polite and smiling and saying a quick hello helps Ive got school mummy friends and one I consider a really close one. They are all 10-15 yrs older than me, but at the end of the day we're all there for the same reason
The first term is incredibly big for a new Preppie, you'll find they can have meltdowns over th slightest thing. It'll pass once they adjust to school life
18-09-2012 11:22 #5
Ask about whether books need to be covered. I spent ages contacting them and in the end the kids did pictures to cover the damn things. Haven't really seen any mummy mafia but there are some parents you will click with and others you won't. I have met some really lovely people from pickup time. I would also try and teach your child the basics such as numbers 1-20 and them being able to tell what letter is what as we are at the end of term 3 and I want my DS to repeat prep and will have to fight it I think as he doesnt have the grasp of his letters, sounds and numbers. Goodluck
18-09-2012 11:26 #6
Subbing! I will be in the same position next year happy2Be3.
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18-09-2012 11:35 #7-
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Don't over think the socialising stuff...it just happens. No mummy mafia at my DD's school. My DD is perfectly capable of walking herself in to school these days (from the car to the gate) but sometimes I still go in, just to say hello to the other parents.
Make lunch the night before. That way in the morning if they are being a bit uncooperative (due to tiredness generally) it's one less thing you have to do.
As for kids and tiredness - DD1 was tired the whole first year. She only had pre-school two days a week previously so 5 days was a huge adjustment for her. Would have been great if she would have had a nap but she would just fight them so hard.
It was tough, the attitude, the tantrums, the constant over tired kid. Try and keep the first couple of weekends after school starts quiet weekends. DD1 is in year one now and copes much better but she stills gets tired towards the end of the term so try and have a quiet weekend before school breaks up to help her out in that last week.
One other tip, that came from DD1's teacher last year....she said lots of kids start school and extra curriculum activities all in one hit. She said it's too much generally and 2nd term is a much better time to start extra curriculum activities when possible.
We didn't need books, pencils etc. last year and we don't this year either (NSW). Everything they got was covered in the school fees (public school).
Oh actually, one thing I did get caught out on was DD1 coming home upset that she couldn't borrow from the library because I hadn't paid the school fees. It was in the first couple of weeks that this happened, and they make allowances for people who can't pay them upfront but had no idea this would affect her!
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18-09-2012 11:35 #8
18-09-2012 11:47 #9
Awesome guys, great tips , keep em coming! In regards to the mummy mafia I don't think I'll have a problem as I have managed to be friendly and make a friend or two whilst at day care, hopefully this means I'm doing a well enough job when it comes to being friendly and approachable etc
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Expect tiredness...lots of it!
If something goes wrong ie your child comes home saying x, y and z happened and they are all upset - comfort them, ask as many questions about the situation as you can and then go into the teacher and try and turn it into a question or say my child came home yesterday saying x y and z can you help me understand what's going on. You get SOOO much further with teachers if you ask for clarity rather than go in full of emotion with all "guns blazing".
Expect less information about your child's day than day care or kindy ever provided. You should receive notes about upcoming events but they won't write up a day book or have a detailed run down of your child's day. Oh and if they say they did nothing all day...they did but the mental energy required to tell you all about it is too much for a small person in the afternoon. Besides you could always ask more at bathtime when they're relaxing.
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