preparing your child for the start of reception year

Preparing Your Child For The Start of Reception Year

In a few weeks time, back to school will be upon us and for some children and parents, it will be the start of a brand new journey. The start of reception year. This was us this time last year and I remember all of those feelings all too well.

Nerves, excited, niggling worries, apprehension, so many questions… and most of this can’t be answered by other people because, as you’ll see, each child will take to reception differently and it’s not until you are in there and doing it that you’ll be able to gauge how this year is going to go. All you can do for now is prepare both yourself and your child the best you can. Continue reading “Preparing Your Child For The Start of Reception Year”

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I Don’t Agree With Primary School Homework And Here’s Why

I’ve not had any experience with Primary Schools since I was in one myself which, er, is a while back now! So, when Jake started last September I hadn’t really thought about how much they would have changed. I knew that their equipment would be better, that their knowledge of how children learn would be far improved, that the school dinners would be much healthier and the trips would be more interesting but one area I hadn’t banked on was homework. Continue reading “I Don’t Agree With Primary School Homework And Here’s Why”

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Using Mindfulness To Achieve Some Zen After School

If you have followed me for a while now, you will know that Jake started school last September and that the transition has been somewhat difficult for both of us. The daily school runs, the intensity of school work, the extra intensity of homework, the tiredness, the endless stuff coming through on parentmail… Urgh, it’s been overwhelming. Once the Christmas holidays hit we were most definitely all done in. Continue reading “Using Mindfulness To Achieve Some Zen After School”

mum and child in the sea at sunset on holiday

Why We Are Taking Our Child Out Of School To Go On Holiday

Ok, so as you know by now we are off to Florida in March. What I haven’t mentioned is the fact that we are going during term time and so we will be taking Jake out of school but there are good reasons for this. No, they may not be good enough for the school or Government to accept but for us, we need to do this.

You see, what they may not class as exceptional circumstances Continue reading “Why We Are Taking Our Child Out Of School To Go On Holiday”

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What To Really Expect When Your Child Starts School

Ok, we have survived a term and school is now back after the Christmas break. So, after going through what we have found to be a very tricky transition (yep, both of us!) I decided to share with you lovely lot who are completing your application forms what to REALLY expect when your child starts school. Because let’s face it, there is plenty that the school will not tell you at the parent’s evenings, there will be areas that are quickly glossed over and there are things that just simply get missed or do not seem quite as important, but as I have found out, what isn’t a big deal to some may be a big deal to you. Continue reading “What To Really Expect When Your Child Starts School”

crayons with the text Everybody Told Me To Prepare My Child For School... But Nobody Prepared Me!

Everybody Told Me To Prepare My Child For School… But Nobody Prepared Me!

School.

It was something I was dreading. The main reason being because I knew I was going to miss my boy so much in the week, that, and the daily school run (It was bad enough 3 days a week I couldn’t imagine adding another 2). I’d had my tears at the pre-school concert, I’d cried at the staff members as we said goodbye and I sobbed far too much opening paperwork for school. However, I hid my upset about this big change and put on my big girl pants in front of Jake and got on with being smiley, chirpy Mummy who was ‘super excited’ for him. Continue reading “Everybody Told Me To Prepare My Child For School… But Nobody Prepared Me!”

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Dear Son, Somehow it is Time for School…

Dear Jake,

Somehow it is time for school and I know that you’re ready… but am I?

I couldn’t let this huge milestone pass without writing down how I feel about this whole new transition yet I have sat here staring at a blank screen for a while now and I just don’t know where to start.  Continue reading “Dear Son, Somehow it is Time for School…”