I can still remember my eldest child, Zoe’s first day of school. That was 12 years ago. It was such an exciting time because the first day of school is such a big milestone. Fast track to today, my girls, Zoe and Ziya, are now in high school and my third child, Ziggy, has just started kindergarten.
Unlike my girls though, Ziggy is being homeschooled. However, regardless of the fact that he doesn’t go to a traditional school, preparing my first-time school goer can still be both a pleasure and a challenge. There’s so many things we moms need to think about to ensure that we can help our kids adjust to school life. We need to make our kids feel safe and secure in his or her new environment. Kailangan, #SiguradoKa. How can we do this?
Here are some of my #SiguradoKa tips that will help prepare your first-time school goer:
- Orient your child early.
Children will feel less anxious about going to school for the first time if they know what to expect. Before school starts, talk to your child about what happens in school, what he can see there, who he or she is going to meet and what types of activities he or she can look forward to there. Most schools offer a tour of the premises so take advantage of that prior to your child’s first day to familiarize himself or herself with the new surroundings. This is exactly what we did for our girls before and it really helped.
For our little homeschooler, what we did was take him to our chosen homeschool provider. Local homeschool providers are required to be under DepEd registered schools and so we took the time to take him there during enrollment. Although he will not need to go there every day, he will still visit the school every so often to participate in other activities and socialize with other homeschoolers.
- Work as a tandem with your child in preparing for the school year.
Preparing for school is not your responsibility alone as a mom. Ideally, moms and kids should work as a tandem to tackle this new and exciting journey. You can start by tagging your child along when buying his or her books and other school materials. If your child can have a say on which items to choose, then that’s even better. Doing this will help him or her become more excited.
We also did this in preparing our homeschooler this year. He was with us upon enrollment and when purchasing his books and school materials. He even helped me arrange his designated study area in our living room. It made him anticipate even more the activities that we will do for school.
- Establish a routine.
First-time school goers have to get used to a routine of waking up, preparing for school, going to school, going home, doing homework and going to sleep. Since this is not a routine they are already used to, it would be best to start establishing it weeks before school starts. Discuss the schedule with your child and explain to him or her the importance of following it. This routine can be quite challenging and tough for a child so make sure he or she still gets enough time for sleep or rest. You don’t want your child getting sick because this will affect his attendance and performance in school.
For our homeschooler, we have already set a specific time for his homeschool lessons, usually from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Mondays to Fridays. He knows this and so he already prepares himself for school after we have lunch.
- Let your child get used to a healthy diet.
This time around, you don’t only need to prepare healthy meals for consumption at home. You also have to come up with healthy and delicious snacks that your child can bring to school too. This is not exactly that easy to do especially for busy moms but it’s not impossible. Research early for easy-to-prepare recipes that you can do with limited time. There are also healthy options that you can go ahead and buy. The point is to introduce these to your child early so that he or she will be willing to eat them.
Some kids at school might bring snacks that are not exactly healthy options. Educate your child on which types of food are good for him or her and what the consequences are of snacking on unhealthy ones. Let your child know that it’s important to make healthy food choices so that he or she can perform well and enjoy school life.
- Have a #BestTandem when dealing with common illnesses.
Take note that your child will be exposed to a lot of other kids and adults in school. This increases his or her chances of being exposed to bacteria and viruses that can get him sick with cough or the flu (or something worse!). It’s especially riskier now that the rainy season has begun.
We don’t want our kids getting sick of course because they can miss out on learning new things, playing or making new friends. Even our Ziggy is not immune to this because even though he is homeschooled, he also takes some lessons outside of our home. For lifeschooling, we also bring him with us in all our errands to the grocery, the bank, to meetings or what-have-you.
So, I make sure we’re always prepared to handle whatever sickness may come his way. For cough, for example, I make sure we have our #BestTandem always available at home and that is Pambatang Solmux 200mg. This brand has always been a staple at our house because I believe that it really is our #BestTandem in terms of making sure that cough will not get in the way of our kids enjoying and learning in school.
With Pambatang Solmux200mg, my kids can take less medicine because it contains 200mg of medicine per 5ml vs. other carbocisteine medicines which only contain 100mg of medicine per 5ml. Plus, it’s strawberry-flavored (Ziggy’s favorite!) so he doesn’t have any trouble at all taking it.
Through years of use, I’m also confident that it works because it has also been tried and tested by both moms and pediatricians for 35 years. With Pambatang Solmux, “#SiguradoKa” that it is safe (because it is made by Unilab), effective (because of its Bacterial and Viral Expel Action), and hiyang to your child. Sa Pambatang Solmux 200mg, #SiguradoKa.
Going to school for the first time is such an exciting experience so make sure you do everything you can to help your child enjoy it. I hope these tips will help you as much as it has helped me and my #FirstTimeSchooler.