With Harper’s first full week of school, and Amelies second week in year one coming to an end, we’re all feeling a little bit on edge about school at the moment. If you’re feeling the same, we have a lovely little guest post from Seisha at Education.com with a nice idea to help kids get a handle of their new routine.
Entering school for the first time can be a scary and thrilling prospect for your child. Here’s an activity that gives them a way to articulate their thoughts about the new school year. Create a Back to School Journal! Decorate and personalize a notebook, then set aside time once or twice a week to discuss and write down the questions and feelings your child has about school.
Aside from reinforcing reading and writing skills, you’ll be getting the chance to openly communicate with your child. And by letting them jot down their fears, hopes, and expectations, they’ll be practicing a positive method of self-expression that they can use in years to come. Plus, you’ll have a keepsake that will last forever.
What You Need:
- Spiral-bound notebook
- Decorations for the notebook like glitter, glue, stickers, pictures, etc.
- Slips of paper for questions
- Small paper bag
- Clear tape
What You Do:
1. Write 10 to 20 questions for your child to answer on slips of paper, and place in a small paper bag. Remember, you want to explore their feelings and help them understand what to expect. Some sample questions:
What do you think you will learn this year?
What is one thing you would like to do this year?
What is one thing you would like to learn in school?
2. Help your child select a snazzy notebook to use as a journal. Encourage them to decorate it with markers and their favorite art and stickers.
3. Select a time of day, once or twice a week in which your house is relatively peaceful. Set 10 minutes aside for your journaling time.
4. At the start of each journaling session, begin by helping your child write their name, the day of week, and date at the top of the page.
5. Ask your child to choose 2 to 3 questions from the bag, leaving the others for next time. Read and discuss one question together. Talk about their thoughts, encouraging questions and gently dispelling any myths.
6. Have your child tape the question in the journal, and then help to record the answer below it. It’s unlikely that your child will be able to write much themselves, but you can record answers for them, and let them help with pictures or new words they’d like to add.
While you’ll do most of the writing, encourage them to practice forming letters, learn new words and express themselves by drawing pictures. Tuck the journal away for safe-keeping and revisit it once they’ve had a few months of school under their belt.
With thanks to Seisha at Education.com – visit the website for more great tips on getting through the first school year