Giaan's top 10 tips for school starters
Zander definitely picks up on the vibe of anything new!
Zander has been at kindy/ daycare five days a week for a couple of years now so he is very used to his surroundings and friends - we have taken him to his new school a few times over the holidays to play in the playground, walk around and see where the toilets are and get him acquainted with his new areas so hopefully it won't be scary for him when he actually starts.
Zander loves seeing all his 'big kid' items like his back pack, school uniform and lunchbox, and is busting to use and wear it all, making it all very exciting and positive.
Our primary school has been great in sending out a 'help us to get to know your child form' where we have filled out Zander's strengths and weaknesses, what situations he thrives in, what makes him anxious or nervous, and what we would like him to get out of his first year at school.
Zander loves it when Dad gets a whiteboard out and they practice writing and counting, and when Mum reads to him. Hopefully learning at school will be considered fun too!
Parents, try to think of and then pack a lunchbox of not only food that your child will enjoy and eat but that they can actually get into themselves. This has been a concern of mine so we have been practising how to open containers and yoghurt pouches.
And expect them to lose most of it!
Zander runs around barefoot most days so once he has to wear shoes five days a week I want them to fit properly, be comfortable and supportive.
Pack lunches, have uniforms set out and talk to your child about the next day, this will hopefully ease the morning chaos!
Take lots of photos of their first day, we all love looking at pictures of ourselves on our first day of school!
Lemon the Llama is the story of Lemon and her journey of self discovery. Lemon doesn't fit in with the other Llamas on her farm and is made to feel that her differences are a negative - but as she discovers more about her strengths and weaknesses she realises that her differences are what make her so special.
I have always loved reading and writing but I never thought I would write a book! There was a part of me that wanted to challenge myself in a new way, but mostly I wanted to create something that incorporated important life lessons for kids in a fun and interesting way.
Given that I used to love nothing more than getting lost in a good book growing up, I definitely want to instill that love of reading in my children.
Every single person on this planet is different - different skin colours, different languages, different beliefs and different ideals - and we all have our own unique strengths and weaknesses.