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Back to school Sensory Tools

Yes, the kids are back to school!

It means back to routine and normality again. No more late nights and late starts add to that a sugar-loaded diet and long days out…

No wonder the kids and parents can’t wait to get back to school.

This is a time of year that can make children and parents feel apprehensive. New teachers, new classrooms, new classmates can all be a concern.

Obviously, we want our children to achieve academically but ultimately the main hope for our children is for them to be happy in their learning environment.

Happiness comes from supportive, flexible learning environments, that allow children the freedom to grow and explore safely, free of judgment and fear.

All you want to know when your child comes home is, they had a great day full of learning, adventure and fun.

I love this… Taken from Early Childhood Australia…

Did you know a child’s sound language development and their ability to self-regulate are two key factors that underpin learning success in the first years of school and beyond?

To help parents/carers and young children navigate what can often be an intimidating experience, Early Childhood Australia (ECA)  has created First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers, written by early learning experts, Jenni Connor and Pam Linke, and endorsed by the Australian Primary Principals Association.

SO, what do we need to do with our kids to help ensure they are going to school confident and happy?

Make sure your child has a toolbox full of coping mechanisms, to help them with the day ahead.

Self-Regulation – Self-regulation means having the ability to focus your attention, control your emotions and manage your feelings and behavior.

As adults, this is a skill we have naturally learned over time. Children are still learning and do not fully understand emotions, feelings and behavior. Not enough to control or manage them. As with all life skills, some come easier than others.

Some children can easily tune in to their environment, and display acceptable behavior for the different environments, Other children require a little more assistance when it comes to this.

Here are 10 fun games you can play at home to help your child learn self-regulation skill

Building Fine Motor Skills – help your child feel confident by ensuring they have the finger muscle strength to complete personal care tasks, such as eating lunch and using the bathroom. Along with essential classroom tasks such as writing, cutting and drawing which also require fine motor dexterity.

Encourage Gross Motor skills – help your child build gross motor skills through fun games such as dancing, hop-scotch, jumping on a trampoline, scooter and bike riding. This will ensure they can join in with confidence during physical play and games time at school.

Social Skills - help your child develop social skills, teach them how to spark up conversations and ask for help. Use dolls and teddy bears to role play with your child. It’s their first steps into learning how to hold real conversations. Let them build their confidence with you through fun play.

Classroom Resources - Provide the right tools, if a child needs glasses or a pencil grip, you’ll make sure they have them prior to working.

Often when children need hand fidgets, seating tools or desk tools, it is overlooked because we are not used to seeing these resources in the classroom every day.

We have found that teachers find it hard managing sensory resources in class often managing them can take away from learning, so they don’t utilise them as much as they would like.

By helping your child reach developmental milestones through fun and educational play at home you’ll be giving them the best start in life. Yes, that’s right, play with your child. Well thought out games that allow children to use their imaginations, along with building fine motor and gross motor skills are crucial to their developmental milestones.

Now that the year is in full swing, you’ll know exactly what you need to keep your child on track for a successful year… enjoy these backs to school packs for big savings $$$ on essential resources for your childs wellbeing 😊

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