Tips for parents of future first graders

Your child is going to school this year. It seemed to you that until this day there was still an eternity when you brought him from the hospital, but there were only 10 days left. You are excited and scared. How to cope with his absent-mindedness, inattention, lack of independence and, in general, he is still so small?

20 tips that a student’s mother should know and do to make it easier for a child to adapt to school and

1. Use stickers – with pictures or just a specific color – to mark all your child’s school items. Now he will know for sure that this is his pencil lying on the floor, and this is his notebook forgotten on the table.

A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are sitting at a desk and are drawing on a world map for geography class. One handicap child is sitting in a wheel chair.

2. Wrap each textbook and notebook with covers of a specific color. Let reading be yellow, math blue, and English red. If for some reason there are no colored covers in the nearest store, take transparent ones and use colored paper. A sheet of paper between the notebook and the cover will solve the problem.

3. Make a photographic catalog of what should be in your backpack for every day: Sunday, Monday, etc. Then the child will be able to collect the backpack himself, according to the picture-photo.

4. Does your baby have difficulty accepting a new daily routine? Take pictures of what we do in the morning, what we do when we get back from school, what we do before bed.

5. Glue the sticker with the name of the child UNDER the cover, then it will not be erased, peeled off or lost.

6. Remember your textbooks and, with the covers always sliding down? So that the covers do not “run away” from notebooks and textbooks, it is enough to attach them inside with a piece of adhesive tape.

7. Don’t forget to return clean textbooks back to school at the end of the year. Make sure that textbooks are provided free of charge and that your school does not have any illegal fees in this area.

8. Agree with your child that you will always fold your backpack and clothes for tomorrow evening. This will make it easier for you to get ready in the morning, save time for socializing and breakfast, and improve your mood in the morning.

9. Teach your child to always do homework on the day they are asked. The same with tasks and for the holidays – do not put off everything for the last couple of days, do not drive the child into a state of stress and panic. Show him once or twice how great it is to complete the required work as soon as possible and enjoy life with peace of mind!

10. If you think that the child receives homework for the holidays precisely in order to study a little every day and not forget the material, “deal with” the obligatory task first, and only then give the child an additional task that he can now complete after measure of desire and ability.

11. Discuss with your child the day before what he wants to have tomorrow with him for breakfast, in order to avoid morning reflections and disputes. You can also make a “catalogue” of photos with breakfast options, let the child create a “menu for the week” – you will have time to buy the necessary products and prepare for what and when you do.

12. Find out, as soon as possible, the phone numbers of all classmates in order to be in touch in case of missed lessons.

13. When you come to pick up your child, as a rule, there is still a record of homework on the blackboard – take a picture of it on your phone and check the lessons at home.

14. Agree with the parents in the class and start a class group on Facebook to keep in touch with other parents quickly.

15. To keep things in the portfolio in order, it is worth having a folder for each item, plastic or paper, in which everything related to this subject will be stored – a book, a notebook, possibly some additional printout sheets, envelopes and geometric shapes , envelopes with picture words from English lessons, etc.

16. At the same time, I do not advise spending money on an item called a “notebook” – it makes your child’s backpack heavier, but does not contribute to order in the bag, notebooks fall out of it anyway and wrinkle.

17. If it is difficult for a child to orientate in “10 lines”, you can not be too lazy and put dots at the beginning of each line with a pencil – at least on the first 5-10 pages of the notebook, until the eye is trained to “catch” the lines. you can also “strengthen” the lines by circling them with a thin blue pencil – literally one or two pages is enough.

18. If you are driving a child, teach in advance where he should sit down in the morning, which side to get out of, how to enter the school gate, where (and for how long) to say goodbye to you. Find out where there is a convenient place near your school for the morning unloading of students.

19. Be sure to read aloud to your child – this will teach him to speak fluently and help him later avoid problems with mistakes in writing. Teach him to discuss what he read at home, argue, express his opinion, fantasize.

20. Talk to children: ask, be interested, listen, nod, clarify, ask leading questions – but do not distance yourself. “Let him decide, an adult already” – be close, be together – this is really important for them.