Tips For Starting School

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Tips For Starting School
Tips For Starting School
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Tips for a relaxed start to school

The holidays are over! Now it's time to go back to school. For many children, a new phase of life begins. This is your first time at school. The last few months before starting school can be used for gentle preparation for school time.

The future table classers have already heard a lot from her: the school! How will it be to learn like the “big ones”?


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  • Advice, downloads & tools
  • Hurray, soon a school child!
  • Playful preparation for school
  • Have confidence in your child!
  • The big day has come
  • The school cone

Hurray, soon a school child

Most of the time, children look forward to starting school. It is good to encourage this anticipation. It helps parents to ask themselves some questions about the first year of school. What does the child already know about school? What does the child tell and occupy himself with about school? Is it a little scared too? In some schools there are “trial days” for kindergarten children. However, if your child has not yet had a chance to get a taste of school, let them tell you how they envision school. In this way, any misunderstandings can be eliminated in advance and questions answered.

Playful preparation for school

Before starting school, playful preparation for the new phase of life is very helpful. For example, by leafing through picture books dealing with the subject of school, playing games, answering questions or practicing manual and finger skills (coloring, cutting out figures, etc.). Tell your child what they will learn in school and what this knowledge can be used for in everyday life. Talk about other aspects of school such as making new friends, doing sports or having fun doing handicrafts. Under no circumstances should one threaten children with school. A positive impression of the school as possible makes it easier to start school.

Doing everyday activities together and giving the child small, independent tasks as well as contact with peers are important for preparing for the “seriousness of life”. Movement shouldn't be neglected either (hop, jump, balance, etc.). Going to school together and learning it is just as necessary as practicing the coming everyday routine (getting up early, preparing school supplies, etc.). A pleasantly designed, quiet place to study makes completing future homework easier.

Have confidence in your child

Self-confidence and independence are essential pillars for future school success. Giving children security helps them to develop self-confidence. Self-confidence can develop step by step through praise and encouragement for independence. Neither too much nor too little is good for children. It is important to find the "golden mean", which of course is not always easy. Accept your child for who they are. Comparisons with other children let the individuality of your child take a back seat. Those who trust their own offspring in turn strengthen the child's trust in themselves.

The big day has come

Now it's here - the very first day of school. It is nice when the mother and / or father accompany the school child to school on the first day. So that the fun of the new challenges continues, school children are happy when their parents take part in everything that moves them in these exciting new times. Praise and recognition motivate people to “learn for life”.

You can find more information on school entry in the brochure "Welcome to School!" of the Ministry of Education.

All information about schools - from registration, school types to financial support options - can be found at

The school cone

Often the first graders get a school cone. This can be different. Some of the school cones contain a lot of sweets - and accordingly a lot of sugar and / or fat. For example, a school cone that you put together can also contain healthier, more varied and more original alternatives. In addition to sweets, the school cone can be filled with many different little things. For example, it can contain:

  • Fruit (e.g. apples),
  • Dried fruits and nuts,
  • a colorful snack box and a cool drinking bottle,
  • small surprises that encourage movement, such as a small ball or a jumping cord,
  • Vouchers for a (family) excursion and sporting activities (such as bike tours, pedal boating, riding lessons, zoo etc.),
  • a small book to "start reading",
  • Toys, educational games, painting materials, stickers, soap bubbles or modeling clay etc.,
  • additional reflectors for school bags and clothing (e.g. in the form of teddy bears),
  • Pens, erasers, sharpeners, rulers and other useful little things that are needed for starting school,
  • a small cuddly toy or a key ring,
  • a trendy t-shirt (e.g. for gym class), music downloads, etc.
  • or a little surprise that the child has been wanting for a long time and much more.

You can find information on, among other things, environmentally friendly school materials, environmental labels and quality seals under Clever shopping (BMNT initiative) and at

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