DS starting school in September

(6 Posts)
LizzyP1 Mon 17-Jun-13 10:06:09

Any advice on how I can prepare my DS for school. Are there any particular things I should be doing with him? Want him to have the best start. Thanks.

grants1000 Mon 17-Jun-13 10:45:24

Don't go on about it too much. Make sure he can do up his buttons, wipe his own bottom, get dressed and undressed by himself. That's it really, they need to just relax and enjoy themselves into it, don't expect too much, give the teachers chance to get to know him and the class.

He will love it.

piprabbit Mon 17-Jun-13 10:57:12

I think grants has got it spot on. Work on the practical life skills, borrow some books from the library about starting school (there's a lovely Shirley Hughes one) so you can start exploring together what it might be like.
Don't worry about the rest, he'll have a lovely time, especially if he knows that his mum is happy and confident about him starting.

LizzyP1 Thu 20-Jun-13 18:32:54

Thanks grants1000, piprabbit. He can't do up his buttons bless him. Didn't even think about that stuff. shock grin

PoppyWearer Thu 20-Jun-13 18:37:06

What grants said is spot on, although my DD is almost at the end of her Reception year and still struggles to cut up her food and dress/undress. (So don't stress about it too much.)

Getting changed for swimming lessons and PE is a particular area you should focus on!

Tiggles Fri 21-Jun-13 13:43:19

If they are having packed lunches make sure if you put the food into tubs that your DS can open them, peel oranges, pop the lid on drinks bottles (Some are really stiff) etc. If on school dinners can use knife and fork.

Go to the toilet entirely independently.

Practice changing into PE kit - and putting their school clothes/shoes safely into their PE bag (so they don't get lost amongst 30 other thrown off uniforms).

Putting on (and preferably doing up) own coat.

Recognising name can be useful (e.g. on peg, book tray etc)

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