Only a week is left for schools in Eswatini to open for the year. You’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer holidays are over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things such as new schools, new teachers, and new friends. Luckily, these “new” worries only stick around for a little while.
Last week social media was bursting with memes and videos of children embarking the tumultuous perils of the first day of school in South Africa. Sure it was funny for a second as we saw children cry, try to jump fences and run after their parents as their parents tried to leave them on campus like some bag of flour that was not their problem. Next week this fun exercise will be upon the parents of Eswatini.
It is not too late for parents to avoid the terrible experience between them and kids. Here are to tips that you can start practicing before next week:
- Reassure kindergartners that they will be just fine their “big school”. You can drop them off and quickly leave as this will help them overcome separation anxiety.
- Read to your young students at least thirty minutes. Make it part of their routine by having them traffic signs in the car.
- Enable them to be independent thinkers by pushing them to do things for themselves.
- Introduce them to sports as they will begin to learn about a variety of sports at a tender age.
- Ask them about their first day at school and encourage them to talk about every day at school.
Here a message for our future leaders:
Another thing that can make you feel good as young students is to be prepared and have all the supplies you need. Some schools distribute supply lists before the year begins, so you can come stocked up on pencils, folders, and whatever else you’ll be needing. Once you’ve covered the basics, you might tuck an extra few Emalangeni in your backpack for an emergency or lunch as it is something that can help you feel good at school either it’s your first day or 100th day. Try to include variety of foods by adding vegetables and fruits. Whatever you put in your backpack, make sure you pack it the night before to prevent the morning panic when you can’t find your homework or lunch box.
Few final tips for a fantastic school year; get enough sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, try your best, use good work habits, like writing down your assignments and turning in your homework on time, take your time with school work and if you don’t understand something, ask the teacher, keep a sense of humor and make sure you make new good friends.