The end of another school year, every year goes by faster than the previous year. It really is no time since my youngest daughter was starting school and I was starting a new course to update my C.V. and improve my career prospects. That was almost a year ago, now we are at the end of her reception year and my eldest daughter will be starting her final year at primary school come September!
It has been a different experience for each of my three children starting school. For Georgia it was such a new experience starting a new school. Kyle was already familiar with the school, dropping his sister off for two years before it was his turn to start and Guin really couldn’t wait for her turn to start school. She had been popping into school all of her life!
There were so many things to worry about when Georgia started school, she didn’t know anyone at the school, non of her pre school friends were going to the same school as her. The list of school uniform, PE kit, school bag, book bag…. seemed endless.
Prior to the big first day we practiced putting on her uniform and changing into her PE kit. It seems like only yesterday she was four years old and I was leaving her at school for the first time, hiding how worried I was, trying hard not to cry as I wave bye bye.
For a very long time Kyle would have preferred to be at home rather than school, as with most things this eventually resolved itself. Thankfully he doesn’t have sore throat, ear ache, neck ache or any other ache most mornings now.
Though it will be one of Guin’s first days at school that will always make me smile. Being very independent she got dressed before breakfast, I was so proud of her managing all by herself. I did however forget to check that she had remembered her pants and discovered at school she hadn’t! Spare pants kept in the PE kit is very useful for such emergencies.
Experience has taught me that I don’t like to leave shoe shopping until the weekend before school starts again. Today’s school uniforms are hard wearing, often with a 100 day guarantee and is really very reasonable, so doesn’t need to be two sizes too big as I remember my school uniform being.
Even labelling everything doesn’t prevent it vanishing, so spares are handy until the lost items make their way back home. Finally a bulk buy of black gloves, the style that can be worn on either hand are brilliant, my children rarely bring two gloves back home at the end of the day.