'BACK TO SCHOOL' - those dreaded words to a child is music to the ears of many parents. You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day back at school: new teacher, new class, maybe even a new school, back to the old routine. Luckily, these worries only stick around for a short while.
Parents can now get back a bit of me time and this means if there is a sunny moment they can sit on their outdoor garden furniture and enjoy relaxing without hearing "Can we? Shall we? Oh come on...please play!" As much as we enjoy our time with our children, the summer holidays are the longest and the end of them is often bitter-sweet for most stay-at-home parents.
We now need to encourage our children to the thought of going back to school, and build the excitement for them to catch up with all their friends. They could make a bulletin board or scroll showing what they have been doing over the holidays. A scroll is a great idea and easy for them to take to show their friends. Alternatively a 'summer box' which they can decorate and collect momentos of the holidays inside, is an ideal way to round off the 6 weeks.
Writing out and displaying their wishes/goals for the new school year offers a great way to motivate your kids – and keeping the wish-scrolls to pull out later in the year will help them assess how much they’ve accomplished! Some examples include:
• Make a new friend
• Keep my room tidy
• Not to argue with my brother/sister
• Do more sports.
Actually these can be made as great gifts for Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles with memories of times they have spent together over the holiday period. They too will then be missing the children when they are back at school and will be able to savour the time they have spent with them.
Now, time to dig out the pe kits, pencil cases and prepare for the shoe-shop queues! In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer, and relax on some beautiful rattan garden furniture!
Updated by Jess