School Transition

So most of our little ones are all now safely deposited in school and are on their full time hours and weeks. What an emotional rollercoaster that’s been!?! I don’t know about you but I had a few tears leading up to the big day and then on the day was super proud of myself for keeping it together and just having tears in my eyes!

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I’ve seen several posts on Twitter already ‘Do we have to go back tomorrow?’ from Helen @CasaCostello  ‘What are we doing today Mummy?’ from Katie @mummydaddyme and today I had the first ‘But I don’t waaaant to go to school today Mummy’ I get the feeling the emotions are quiet finished with yet…

So what can we do to help our children transition in to school better?

A report from the British Psychological Society gives us this advice:

Positive child outcomes depend upon a combination of parental qualities. That is, children require both warmth and high-quality instruction from caregivers and teachers (Mashburn & Pianta, 2006). High-quality instruction (also known as ‘scaffolding’) includes at least three dimensions (Hughes et al., 2014):
I    Cognitive support: This involves making the task simpler – for example, by breaking it down into manageable stages (e.g. for a jigsaw, finding the corner pieces, then connecting all the edge pieces, etc.).
I    Emotional support (e.g. praise, encouragement, playful interactions): This motivates the child to persist even when the task is challenging.
I    Autonomy support: This involves a process of ‘contingent shifting’ – providing extra help if the child is struggling or demoralised and then reducing this support when the child begins to master the task.

So basically, love, support and encouragement. This chapter in our little ones and our lives is a huge change and great news – we have to do it all again with the next one! Phew Im exhausted!.

What gems have you had from your little pickles so far?

Read the full report here: (https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-28/september-2015/transition-school)

 

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Alice in Wonderland Home Made Boys Costume

So I returned from holiday in the early hours of this morning and had a great time in Gran Canaria.

More on that later but more importantly (for Zachy) he had a birthday party to go to. Upon checking Facebook I realised it was an Alice in Wonderland fancy dress theme! I had been so pleased with myself that I had actually sorted a present for the beautiful birthday girl before holiday that I then ran around like a headless chicken looking through fancy dress boxes, checking to see if any fancy dress shops in the area were open and when I eventually calmed down googled the characters in the film.

Having already rooted through the dressing up box I knew what I had on offer and once the King of Hearts popped up on my screen I was on a roll 😉

So the next time your little boy needs an alice in wonderland dress up – here it is 🙂

Use a captain hook or equivalent red pirate top then cut 2 pieces of (ideally) red card out in the shape of a heart, (we had to use pink and paint it red) and attach to a wooden spoon, blue peter styly with sticky tape:

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Get two pieces of yellow card and staple together, measure around the top of said little boys head and staple again, cut out a pointy top to make a crown.

Grab your eyeliner and draw on a twirly moustache and wallah:

King Of Hearts Boys Costume

One King Of Hearts 🙂

Phew!!