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Five Minute Mum: Time For School: Easy, fun five-minute games to support Reception and Key Stage 1 children through their first years at school

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Tell them what you enjoyed about school, as hearing you explaining that you went too and liked certain bit will help them to discuss things. Now I’m a stay at home mum who enjoys thinking up silly games to occupy my two little nose miners on a daily basis. It gently guides the readers through every element from the classroom, after school club, uniforms, lunchtimes, assemblies, playground, making friends, asking for help and more, with tips tricks and games along the way. From topics such as how to encourage water safe play to how to make baking or crafting quick and easy (and slightly less messy!

Don’t panic, my other book Time For School is a guide through the first few years of school including tips on how to get your kids to tell you about their day, assessments and SATS, chapters on reading, writing, spelling, times tables, numbers bonds etc etc etc. There will undoubtedly be moments of blissful family joy and moments where you check your calendar to see how many days until they are back in school but either way I hope these ideas mean at least there might be a few more of the joyful moments. What IS useful however is if they can recognise their own name written down, or even just the first letter. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item.It’s a big logistical change to a routine you’ve probably had for a few years now, and a new prospect for your child and you as a parent. Fun activities and games to help with letters, numbers and everything in between - the ultimate handbook to support your child through their first years of school from bestselling author and social media superstar Daisy Upton AKA Five Minute Mum. Switch off the telly or any distractions and just have a little chat about all the lovely things they will do at school.

This helps the kids see what goes where so when they help themselves it doesn’t become a massive mess.If you’d rather hear me chat through these ideas than read the article below then here is a video of me talking through all things starting school - WATCH HERE. We had weekly books sent home, starting with those without words where you just talk together about the pictures. At Books2Door, we believe that reading is a fundamental skill that every child should have to help improve their vocabulary, grammar, and critical thinking skills. There will be things in school with their name written on just for them like their peg, so it’s lovely for them to spot this.

If you’re doing a little something here and there to support them then you are building those crucial blocks. All of our books are 100% brand new, unread and purchased directly from the publishers in bulk allowing us to pass the huge savings on to you!Read a starting school book together - now obviously I’m going to recommend my own one (blow my own trumpet much? If you have my first book Give Me Five then look for the games with a pencil tab at the top as they are all designed to develop fine motor skills. Ball them up and hide them around the house and do a ‘Sock hunt’ – they have to find them all, un-ball them and peg them to something. This saves constantly putting more cups in the dishwasher or them asking for a drink the second you’ve sat your arse down - always the way isn’t it? It might not pay off today, or tomorrow or even in 8 months time but once you’ve built them you can’t take them away.

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Turn up to the school gates with snacks as they are always ravenous after a day at school, and a little boost goes a long way during those first few months when they come home utterly exhausted from all the information overwhelm and sensory overload. Daisy's games only take five minutes to set up and five minutes to tidy up you can support them at home without wanting to bang your head on the kitchen table. I come up with easy games and activities for little kids aged 1 and up, that take five minutes to set up (which means they also take five minute to clear away again - hurrah). Unlike nursery staff, the ratio of adults to children in a school is often very different and they don’t have time to help every little person zip up their coat or put their trousers back on after PE.

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