The 5 Stages of Your Child Starting School

This time last year I was in a very similar situation to thousands of unhappy parents all around the country - I had to watch in horror as my sweet little girl left for her very first day of school. It was a difficult experience, one that gives me a horrendous sense of foreboding when I think I have to live through this traumatic experience twice again in the next couple of years.

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To help some other parents through what I would describe as "the poopiest day ever", I've broken down the five stages of your child starting school.

Denial

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My baby can't be starting school. They are too little. They were only born, like, a year ago. How will they cope? How will I cope?

Nope. Not happening.

Worry

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What if they hate it? What if they hate their teacher? What if their teacher hates them? What if they don't make friends, don't get invited to parties, don't eat their lunch, etc, etc.

(BTW - they will eat their lunch, including all the things they refuse to eat at home.)

Bargaining

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"Let me brush your hair before we leave the house and we'll go to the park on the way home."

"Do your homework before dinner and you can have pudding."

"Walk a little bit faster and we won't have to sign the late book - AGAIN!"

Excitement

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Sharing the excitement of your child learning to read words for the very first time, listening to them happily chatting about their day at school. Maybe this isn't so bad.

Acceptance

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My child is learning, growing and happy. This school thing is okay.

There is also the acceptance that you will receive 30 emails a week about various school events, most of which require some kind of participation that you will never quite be prepared for. World Book Day costume anyone? Victorian Day? Bake sale? Arrrrrgggghhhh. Maybe I'm still working on the acceptance!

Books to help you through this difficult year

To help you through their first year (that first horrible, HORRIBLE year when your little person isn't at home making a mess anymore - I miss the mess!!!), I've picked out my top 5 books to help you survive your child's first year at school.

  • Learn to Write Wipe-Clean Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781782097013
    LTWP 3 years +
    3 years +
    (4)
    • £9.99
    • RRP £39.90
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    • Just £1.00 per book
    Learn to Write is a collection of 10 wipe-clean books that provide a bright, bold and colourful introduction to learning for children aged 5 and over.

    Full of wonderful illustrations and photographs, the books have plenty of space for little ones to trace, draw and practise what they have learnt and develop their pen control for the school years that lie ahead.

    Encouraging early counting skills, awareness of the alphabet and recognition of shapes, colours, bugs, trains and more, the activities on every page include simple instructions to help make learning fun!
  • Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper Collection: Levels 1-3 - 33 Books - Collection - 9780192739858
    RWBZ
    (35)
    • £19.99
    • RRP £163.67
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    • Just 61.00p per book
    Featuring 33 books covering reading levels 1-3, this collection of Oxford Reading Tree books is perfect for building a foundation in reading for young readers aged 3 and up.

    Specially designed by the reading experts at Oxford University Press, each book has a carefully levelled and beautifully illustrated story that parent and child will have lots of fun with as they read together, practising and perfecting essential skills that they'll be learning at school - from phonics and first stories to common words and everyday language.

    This Biff, Chip and Kipper collection features 32 storybooks and a parents' handbook full of ideas to make reading fun.
    Format: paperback