Parents have a critical role to play in their children’s education

By Joel Hines – Principal, Daylesford Dharma School

As students settle in for the school year it is important to outline expectations and boundaries and always follow through.  If things are clear for kids they respond and learn quite quickly.  We have to model the behaviours and attitudes we would like to see in our children and follow through with any boundaries we put in place.  How often do we hear our words reflected back to us by our kids (“Do I really sound like that?”)  As parents, teachers and role models we need to be mindful of how we speak, think and act in front of children as seeing how we deal with things is one of the key ways in which they learn.

Starting School

By Joel Hines – Principal, Daylesford Dharma School

Beginning school is a pivotal moment in a child’s life but is also a big step for parents. Here some simple tips to consider that may make the transition a little easier:

1. Spend some time talking to your child about the upcoming transition. Explain how things are going to be different at school to what they have been used to at kinder. There will be older kids and a different set of rules that they will have to get used to.
2. Rite of Passage – Consider doing something to mark the transition that is symbolic. It could be as simple as buying a new school bag or lunch box.
3. Establish routine early – a week or 2 prior to school starting it is a good idea to start implementing a routine similar to how it is going to be once they get to school. This maybe an earlier bedtime than has been happening through the holiday period, giving your child more responsibility in getting dressed and ready in the mornings.
4. Take care of yourself – For a parent, particularly for your first child, taking the step into school it can be an emotional time. It is important to recognise and honour how you are feeling, surround yourself with other parents who are experiencing the same thing or who have been through the process before.

This is a challenging but also exciting chapter in your family’s journey, don’t forget to take some photos!