My big girl is counting down the sleeps. This morning we went to get her uniform and shoes, and she starts Prep (Qld) in just over a week! She is so delighted with her new uniform that she can’t take her eyes off her own reflection!! There are still a few things we need to do, and then of course there is all the labelling. As a teacher I know how important it is to name everything.
I’m grateful that I don’t have to buy a new backpack or lunch box, as I received a fabulous school pack from Kmart*. (Thank you!) The backpack, lunch cooler bag and lunchbox will be especially useful, and Miss 4 is delighted with all her new “school things”. Kmart certainly do offer good value for money when it comes to basics for school. The backpack + lunch cooler + pencil case = $8. Bargain.
Of course, making sure all the “stuff” is purchased and labelled is only part of preparing to start school. This week we’ll also be trying to get into a school-like routine. We’ll start getting ready in the mornings as if it’s a school day, and have morning tea and lunch at predictable times. Since we have the new lunchbox and cooler bag we’ll try those out too, and make sure Miss 4 can independently manage everything. And, while we’re enjoying the last week of holidays together, I’ll spend a little extra time focusing on turn taking, using manners, and good listening.
Do you have a child starting school, or returning to school in the coming weeks? What are you doing to prepare them?
*I received the items pictured above courtesy of Kmart.