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7 tips for your child's first day at school First days at school are anxious times, especially for parents, so prepare well beforehand for a smooth transition by following these suggestions

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Lay out the uniform and practice several times putting it on, especially coping with shoes, buttons and bows.

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Practice using the school crossing. What do the signals mean? What if there is no monitor on duty?

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Label ALL school items. They all look the same, cost a lot and you want to get yours back.

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Build muscles in your child's hands and fingers before school by playing with lego, blocks, play dough, pegs. "Come and help mummy hang out the washing," builds dexterity with hands.

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Mawson Lakes Living : Issue 127 - January 2018

Know the school’s nude policy when it comes to food containers. Practice opening lunchbox containers and keep the contents simple and healthy. Don't mollycoddle. Don’t make your child feel they are deserting you or upsetting you by going to school. Instead show pride that they are growing up. Allow your beginner to carry their own school bag. At the end of the day talk about what went well. Hopefully it all went well and the only tears were yours (out of sight)! Dr Linda Vining is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.

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