I saw what was coming. My babies are not babies anymore. Another momfever melt down took stage as little A is heading toward Primary one this July.
What to expect? A lot!
K has done his P1 year. His was a learning experience for me. Hence I hope with little A I am more prepared, and probably smarter. I know nothing is easy when it comes to sending our baby to P1 for the first time. Things can get harder too especially when our kids can’t adjust themselves easily with the new environment. But everything will fall into places eventually.
I am listing the things I have learned from K’s P1 experience as an anticipation list of what to expect this year:
Be prepared to wake up early because this would be an endless battle. Waking up your son for school is a morning exercise on its own. The morning is always chaotic at my home. From waking up the kids and then getting them to shower. They looooove to play at shower and spend extra time alone in the bathroom. To anticipate the morning chaos, we apply bedtime as early as 7pm during school day.
K is not a tidy boy. He is likely to lose things, especially pencils. It was his teacher’s biggest concern because every day he would lose one pencil. One full package of pencils is not enough. So this year I need to have a full stock of stationery including erasers and paper folder to keep the artwork pieces they make at school (drawing, painting, pasting, coloring, etc.).
I used to stick every announcement of dates and activities from school on the fridge. Not really a good idea because then the papers got piled up and I lost track. I can save it on my phone too but most of the time when the reminder sets off I will dismiss it, and again I lost track. Now I have my very own CuteCoconut Planner where I can just write down the dates and activities and plan ahead. With colors, stickers and all the jazzy thing on the pages, looking at it is more appealing than looking at my phone 😀
Untouched lunch box
On the first few weeks the lunch boxes would come back empty. But as soon as they get to know their friends more, and the cafeteria opens with more tempting menus, lunch boxes would be unpopular and untouched. So I have been pinning gorgeous snack ideas for children and arranging a strategy of giving them pocket money once or twice a week to use at school’s cafeteria.
Primary 1 doesn’t normally give our kids tons of homework. But when it does, it’s a challenge to get the boys to sit and do it. The same goes when they will have a test. Telling them to study is like chasing a running chicken.
All the extra activities
You will find other kids are bound with tight schedule. English course, Sempoa course, swimming lesson, futsal club, and many more. It’s okay if you don’t want to enroll your son in any. Just because you let your son have a free time to play doesn’t make you a bad parent.
Now this is the tricky part. On his first week of school K had quite a hard time to adjust with his new friends. He enrolled midterm and being the only new kid on the block was certainly not easy. Other kids have formed a close connection as friends and K couldn’t get friends easily. He would come home and tell us that other kid didn’t allow him to play along or sometimes other kid played rough at him. Fortunately, after that rough weeks he finally got his grip and could be friends with every body.
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Do you have any other point to add on the list?