Emma from Brummy Mummy of 2 offers top tips on how to survive your little one starting school (and she should know... she is a teacher after all)
As well as being a mum to two small children, for the past decade I have been a teacher in a secondary school. I have to say it is one of the best things I have ever done and every day I am at work it brings a new challenge and I love it. So this month, it was strange for me being on the other side. My daughter started school. And whilst I found it hard to let go, I also knew from experience that her teacher would look after her well and I wanted to make her job as easy as possible.
So here are a few pointers with my teachers hat on, that I will be bearing in mind during my little girls first school year…
If it belongs to your child? And you don’t want it to end up in lost property? Label it. If you have no labels take a Sharpie and scrawl on your little ones initials. If I had 10p for every pupil that came back to me at the end of the day to say that they had lost a ruler or their PE kit had gone missing? I would be a very rich lady indeed. It stops also stops “he’s got my pen Miss!” arguments in class and means you aren’t constantly replacing things.
Check Your Child’s Bag
Remember when you got a letter at school? Did you read it carefully and think “Oh my mother shall really enjoy reading this information!”. Or did you screw it up and shove it to the bottom of your bag? Yes. Course you did. Because you were a kid. Make sure you check your child’s bag at least once a week for letters or notes home that you need to know about. If not, trips may be missed. Or God forbid your child wears school uniform on a non uniform day.
Homework is a pain in the bum. And one of life’s least enjoyable things. However? Whilst it may seem daft that you are doing work with your four year old on an evening when they could be playing. You need to remember you are teaching them life skills. Everything we do is laying the foundation for when they are getting ready to…gulp…sit their GCSEs. Also make sure it is handed in on time. Teachers have a schedule to stick to and their marking time will be planned.
One thing that is really important is that you communicate with your child’s teacher. If you know that something has upset your child, could be something like a family pet passing away or perhaps Dad is travelling on business and they miss him. Tell the teacher. We then can make allowances if they are grumpy, or sad, or snappy. We don’t want to make your child’s day any worse. We want them to be just as happy as you do.
Say “Thank You”
I truly believe that teaching is not just a job. It’s a vocation. It’s not a case of turning up, teaching and going home. We are invested in your child. We love your child. I tell all my kids, even big spotty 16 year old boys. When you aren’t around we are their mum. So if you ever get the chance? Say “Thanks”. From someone who proudly drinks out of a ‘Best Teacher’ mug? It really can make someones day.