Things to remember every day:
If it comes to school label it. Name everything, including both parts of food containers (lid and container… I know so much work… trust me you don’t want to be going through lost and found for containers).
- Water bottle
- Home lunch, please help your child practise opening all the containers.
- Sun hat in the summer
- School bag (which needs to be large to hold everything, bags with wheels don’t work well in corridors)
- Home reading book
- Library bag
What Did You Do At school Today?
Every day you probably ask your child what they did at school today. You might get the answer “oh, nothing.” Try asking very specific answers that need more than a yes or no answer. Model open ended questions such as: who, where, why, when and what. This way you are helping your child learn to inquire and question; important skills in the PYP programme and for life.
- Who did you work with today?
- What was your favourite part of the day?
- Why was that activity your favourite?
- (Because I was nice is not the best answer, dig a little deeper)
- How are you going to make tomorrow even better?
- Where did you go and play with your friend today?
- What activities did you do at school today?
- Who did you sit beside at lunch?
Remember at the end of a very long day young children and adults are tired! Focus on the positive. Within a day thirty good things can happen to us and we tend to remember the ONE thing that we didn’t like; children are the same.
I sincerely hope this is of help to you and look forward to sharing many more tips with you. Maybe you have some good tips you would like to share with us.