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My child is going to school for the first time!

by Kimberly Schoobaar on December 26, 2020

How exciting. Your little one is attending primary school for the first time. This is often something that every mom would prefer to postpone for a while. But you will see that your child will enjoy it. But how do I prepare my child? Or what if he or she starts missing me too much? I'm going to help you with this.

Compulsory education

From the age of 5, your child is officially required to attend school. But children often go to primary school from the age of 4. Then they enter group 1.

How do I prepare my child?

The first day of school is not only exciting for the parents, but also for the child. That is why it is important that you indicate this well in advance, so that the little one can prepare for this. Before you send your child to primary school, it is important that your child can play together. Of course they learn this at school, but it is more fun for the child, because it makes it easier for them to make friends. Try to role-play with your child. For example, you are the teacher and your child is a student. For example, keep a schedule that day, just like in primary school. She knows your child what to expect. Many primary schools take some getting used to. This way the children have an idea of ​​what it will look like and they are not faced with surprises.

Only to the toilet

This is one more thing. At home, mom and dad can help. But in primary school you have to do it all by yourself. You can practice with them to help your child on their way. Also put on easy clothes that are not difficult to take off or put on.

What should I give my child?

Make sure your child always has enough food and drink with him. You can buy a small lunch box and a cup of bottle for this. It is helpful to give them an extra pair of clothes for when they wet their pants. This often happens in the first few weeks. It is also useful to give them a small one backpack to give with the things in it.

Tips for preparation

  • Teach them a sense of time. This is easier for your child so that he or she knows what the teacher means by, for example, later or shortly.
  • Explain clearly that you will be returning to pick him or her up so that they are somewhat reassured.
  • Get the things you need for the first day of school ready.

Practice together

Practicing together what your child has learned at school is very important and good for development. For example, learn numbers and colors by asking them questions. For example, what color is this stuffed animal or how many apples are in the bowl.