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So You Survived the First Half Term


Whether this was the first time your little one has been to school, or you are a seasoned pro at the school run with children at various stages of their education, the back to school rush is never easy. So with half term almost here, it’s time to give yourself a pat on the back for making it through the past weeks since September relatively unscathed. It can be tempting during the week of the half term holidays to wind down and get out of all the good habits you have gotten into during term time. By being prepared however, and maintaining some of the good foundations you’ve laid down in the first part of the school year, you can make the return in November easier on you and your family. 

Getting everything ready for the second part of the autumn term early in the break makes the rush of going back much smoother. Work out what will make your morning routine less hassle, and put measures in place to make this work better. Laying out clothes the night before and having bags and coats by the door ready to go will take the pressure off on dark winter mornings. Make sure you replace any uniform your children might have outgrown already in the first half of the holiday so that you don’t have to rush around the weekend before the first day back. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on more uniform this soon into the year then check out the range by George at ASDA for quality at low prices. Shoes are the biggest expense by far for school kids and it can be a painful prospect having to shell out again just weeks after the start of term if they have been scuffed up or outgrown. See George at ASDA's range of boys school shoes for affordable replacements, and lots of pretty girls styles too. 

Staying in a routine is vital to the transition between holiday time and term time. Try to plan structure into your days at home with the kids, whether it be a trip to the park or an allocated time to read with them. Continuing learning will help your children do well at school, especially if they have had any difficulties picking up certain concepts. Find out from their teachers what they might need extra help with and think of ways to make learning these concepts fun. The biggest boost to your child’s development is reading, and whether you have them read to you, or you sit and read them more complex stories, the effect of this simple thing can be huge, and half term is a great excuse to visit the library and discover the world of books. 

Chilling out is important, and of course you will want to spend time in the holidays doing fun activities with your children. But be mindful at the same time that this is just a short break and you don’t want to have to restart all the good work you’ve done when you return after a week. Organisation and planning ahead are key, and by doing this both the holiday and the return afterwards will be much more enjoyable for everyone. 

What have you got planned for half term?

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