Getting School Ready (With A Hand From Petit-Fernand)
How have we come to the point where it’s only two weeks until my son starts School? TWO. WEEKS. School! Proper, beginning-of-full-time-education, learning-to-read-and-write-and-eventually-do-quadratic-equations SCHOOL. The concept seems insane. Surely it was only two weeks ago that he was learning to crawl? Surely we can’t be expected to be school ready yet?!
Alas, it is so. My boy is starting a new chapter. And whilst my heart breaks for the end of his preschool years, I’ve also been quite looking forward to getting school ready. In a weird, masochistic kind of way.
Preparing for new things excites me, ok?
So, we’ve been getting school ready in the best way that I know how: by being practical, and FUN. A combination that I would love to say sums me up to a T but sadly I’m probably not that fun unless you love crochet and being quiet. But anyway. Here are a few of the things we’ve been doing to get school ready (and to distract me from bursting into tears twenty times a day).
GETTING SCHOOL READY: PRACTICALITIES
Also known as The Boring Stuff, but hey, we’ve already established that I’m Not Fun. Seriously though, I love sorting out the practicalities. It’s probably actually my favourite part, because it’s easy to succeed (and exceed) at!
An obvious one, right? We managed to sort out the uniform shop in one fell swoop, which made me feel a bit *AIR PUNCH*, let me tell you. Good old Sainsbury’s had a 25% off sale on their clothing, so I made like a bee and got straight online. Ten minutes later, job done! There are a multitude of other fab places for uniform though – as well as the usual suspects like M&S and Asda, there’s also Matalan and Pep & Co that are worth trying out.
LABELS – THANKS TO PETIT-FERNAND!
Ahhh, labels. I remember watching my mum patiently sewing labels onto all my school clothes back in the day, and HOO BOY am I glad we don’t have to do that now! Because, if you didn’t know, these days iron-on labels for kids and stick-on clothing labels are where it’s AT.
I was beyond happy when Petit-Fernand asked me if we’d like to review their labels. BEYOND. Not only do Petit-Fernand sell iron-on and stick-on name labels, but they’re personalised name labels at that! TD and I had loads of fun browsing their site to customise the perfect labels for him. We plumped in the end for one of Petit-Fernand’s value packs – a book of 140 name labels for only £30. That pack includes stick-on labels, iron-on labels, and even shoe labels!
I’ve got to say though, the kid does keep me on my toes. I’d confidently predicted he’d pick the fire engine, the T-rex, or the lion for his labels. Nope. He picked the parrot. The PARROT. Not that I have anything against parrots, but Petit-Fernand have so many cute and quirky pictures to choose from…there’s no way I ever thought he’d pick a parrot.
Anyway, I’m as happy as a totally Not Fun person can be with these Petit-Fernand labels. They arrived quickly, they’ve got easy-to-follow instructions, they look fantastic, and they’ve been a dream to apply. Oh, and TD is happy too. With his parrot. Eye roll.
GETTING SCHOOL READY: THE FUN STUFF!
Obviously I’ve not just been hammering uniform and labels down TD’s neck…
BOOKS ABOUT SCHOOL
We’ve been reading a lot of school-themed stories over the past few weeks. Harry and the Dinosaurs Go To School has been a particular favourite. TD has been attending some sort of nursery or preschool since he was 10 months old, so he’s well-used to a lot of the school day. But he’s very aware that he’ll be starting this school with entirely new people around him, so stories like this have helped him warm to that idea. I think. I hope.
IPAD PHONICS GAMES
I’m well aware that Proper School could well be a bit of a shock to TD’s system. Like I say, he’s been at some form of “school” for years, but not one where Learning has been the main aim of the game. I downloaded a few phonics apps onto his iPad a couple of months back, and have been encouraging him to play them a little each day. And look, I say “encouraging” because it’s like pulling teeth trying to get him away from PJ Masks or Thomas the Tank or Noddy games. But, at least he’s getting a taster. And we’ve been talking about letters and their sounds a lot. Every little helps, right?
Yep, we’ve prepared for school by…going away. But seriously though, I feel like we owe it to TD to give him a huge amount of fun and family time before he starts such a huge new chapter of his life. We recently took a week away as a family along with my grandparents and went to explore North Yorkshire. We had the best time, and I miss Holiday already. But, most importantly, TD had the most fun ever, and hopefully we made lots of memories for him to yammer to his new school friends about.
Overall I’m fairly confident that these things have helped to get both us and TD school ready. We’ve got the practicalities sorted, and we’ve had a lot of fun along the way. They’re the most important things, yep?
OK now I just know I’m going to wake up on his first day and realise I forgot to buy him shoes or something…
Petit-Fernand provided us with the label booklet for the purpose of this review, however, as always, all views are my own!