This is a collaborative post. 

My daughter started school this year and it has been such a steep learning curve for us all!

She’s made a fantastic start to her school journey, but I have felt like I have really been challenged when it comes to supporting her through this time. 

When it comes to school, we all want to help our kids to their very best! There are lots of things you can do to join forces with your child’s school and help them make sure your child achieves their absolute best. 

Check out these eight tips for helping your child thrive at school: 

Try to keep on time in the morning 

If you’re stressed out and in a rush then it will make your child feel stressed. Try to keep on top of timings in the mornings. 

You could try having alarms on your phone that alert you when it’s five minutes to go until you need to be out of the door. 

In terms of bags, always have them by the front door ready for the next day, and with uniforms have a place in the wardrobe or drawer where everything is stored so you know where to grab the bits you need to dress your child. 

Be really positive

Sending your child to school the first time can be a really daunting experience, for you and your child! Stay really positive during the early days and beyond. 

Your child’s enthusiasm for school can be really affected by your own attitude towards it, so stay really upbeat and excited by everything that they are doing and learning at school. 

Engage with the school

Educating your child is a partnership between you and your child’s school. Attend parents’ evenings and request meetings with your child’s teacher if anything is every concerning you. 

Many schools now have reading journals that keep a track of your child’s reading at home and in school. Let the teacher know in the journal if your child has made progress with their reading. 

If you want to know if there is more you can be doing, ask your child’s teacher about where your child is in their reading and/or mathematics learning. See if there are any books or activities they recommend you doing. 

Get extra help

We all need a little extra help sometimes! As a parent you can try to nurture their learning, but there may be some aspects of the curriculum that you just are not sure how to support your child with. 

This is where you can enlist help and get extra support from Tavistock Tutors!

Ask loads of questions

Some times your child will come back from school and when you ask “how was your day, what did you do?”, they just answer “played”. 

The is totally normal! But you need to coax them out of their shell. Ask small things to trigger their memory, such as what they had for lunch – you should know the answer to this one anyway if you have access to the school menu. 

Then move on to where they sat at lunchtime and who they played with outside. 

Then ask if they read any stories and what they were about. Just keep asking questions and trying to engage them. It may feel like a struggle getting the information out of them, but keep at it and stay interested in what they have been up to. 

Keep on top of the dates

One thing that has truly taken me by surprise is the sheer volume of dates in the school calendar. There is a different activity on every single week, from non-uniform days to trips to the theatre. 

Don’t be caught out, as your child may feel a bit rubbish if they are the only one in uniform or without a silly hat! Get a diary you check every day or use alerts on your phone to keep on top of important dates. 

Complement the work being done at school 

Most primary schools will have a weekly of termly theme to learning. This may be dinosaurs, space, castles or under the sea. 

The theme is used to tie together all learning, from reading and literacy to numbers. 

The school should keep your up to date on what the latest theme is. Try to add to your child’s learning by doing sensory play or reading around this theme. Are there any crafty activities you could do related to the theme? Use your imagination!

Read to them

Read, read and read some more! It’s been proven that reading to your child from a very early age improves their learning ability in all areas!

Get new books, or join your local library, and read to your child on a daily basis. 

I hope these tips were useful! How have you been helping your child with their schooling?