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NO SCHOOL TODAY

I’m staying home from school today.
I’d rather be in bed,
pretending that I have a pain
that’s pounding in my head.

I’ll say I have a stomachache.
I’ll claim I’ve got the flu.
I’ll shiver like I’m cold
and hold my breath until I’m blue.

I’ll fake a cough. I’ll fake a sneeze.
I’ll say my throat is sore.
If necessary, I can throw
a tantrum on the floor.

I’m sure I’ll get away with it.
Of that, there’s little doubt.
But even so, I really hope
my students don’t find out.

by Kenn Nesbitt

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NO SCHOOL

I don’t want to go into school today; Mum, 
I don’t feel like school work today.
Oh, don’t make me go to school today, Mum
Oh, please let me stay home and play.

But you must go to school, my cherub, my lamb, 
If you don’t it will be a disaster, 
How would they manage without you, my sweet, 
After all you are the headmaster! 

colin mcnaughton

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Going to school for the first time is a scary and exciting time for every child. Going to a strange place with strange people and being separated from parents and familiar faces can be a terrifying thing for anyone to go through, especially for a child of 4 or 5. It is up to us as parents to prepare our children for that big day, even though we may be feeling just as scared and even a little sad ourselves. Here are some things that you can do to get your child and yourself ready for that first day of school.
Read Stories About Starting School- If you have a normal story reading routine with your child (or even if you don’t), you can start reading them books about the first day of school. Kids will often relate with the child in the story and the outcome of the book may put them more at ease about their own first day. Some great books to consider are Franklin Goes To School by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark and The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing.

Teach Them The Basics- Before your child begins school he or she should know or should be actively practicing some basic things. These things include being able to spell and write their first and last name. They should also be able to count to 10 and tie their shoes. You should also probably start practicing their address and phone number with them as well. These will probably be difficult for them to learn at first, but if you keep practicing on a regular basis, like reciting it a few times while getting ready for bed, they will eventually commit it to memory.

Attend School Orientation With Your Child- Whenever a child is attending school for the first time, whether it’s Kindergarten or Pre-K, an orientation will usually be offered. This orientation will offer a variety of useful things, such as the ability to ask and have addressed any questions and concerns you may have, the opportunity for you and your child to meet the teachers, principal and bus drivers, as well as the opportunity for your child to take a tour of the classroom and the rest of the school. Depending on the school and whether or not your child will be taking the bus, your child may also be able to take a mini bus ride around the parking lot to see what it’s like to ride on a bus. Plus, your child may get to meet some of the children that they will be attending class and possibly making friends with. All of these things can help your child prepare for and even anticipate the first day of school, so be sure not to miss this important event.

Include Them in the School Shopping- Allow your child to go shopping with you for their new clothes and school supplies, and be sure to let them pick certain things out for themselves, such as their book bag, folders and their first day of school outfit. After you’re done shopping, let them help you organize and pack all of the things they will need to take with them on the first day. This will make them feel like they have more control over a situation that seems to be out of their control, and they’ll probably feel more relaxed and excited as well.

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BACK TO SCOOL

School is a large part of your life when you are young, and it can be a really happy experience. Sometimes though you might find you have problems at school which are worrying or upsetting you. These could be about friends, homework, exams, bullying, or feeling pressure to do well. No matter what you are feeling, ChildLine is always here for you if you need support.

School

Going back to school

It can be really hard going back to school after the summer holidays. Not everyone looks forward to it. There might be lots of reasons why you might be worried about going back such as:

Whatever the reason, ChildLine is here for you and can help. You can contact us any time for support.

Moving schools

Moving from one school to another can be a scary time.  You might be moving from primary school to secondary school, or changing schools because you have moved house. Whatever the reason for the move, you can prepare yourself and get support if you need it, to make it all go smoothly. 

I’m worried about moving up to secondary school

The change from primary school to secondary school can be scary. You might be worried about:

It’s natural to feel like this, even if lots of your friends are moving to the same school as you. 

Hopefully you will get a chance to have a look round your new school and spend a day there. If you are able to do this, it will help you feel more confident about when you move.  The receptionists in your school’s office should be able to help you if you get lost and can’t find where you are supposed to go, or you lose something like your dinner money. They can help you find your way round and also be able to help with some of the other problems you might have too.

If you are worried about anything to do with moving to secondary school, it can really help to talk to someone about how you feel. You could talk to your teacher – either your primary school teacher, or your new secondary school teacher.  They will be able to help you feel happier about the move.  You could also talk to your parents or carers about how you feel.

If you don’t have anyone to talk to, or don’t feel that you can talk to them about how you feel, you can always talk to ChildLine. No matter what your worry about moving schools is, we can help you.  

 

Friends 

Some people make it look easy making friends, but it isn’t always easy.  Not having friends or being in a group can make you feel sad and lonely. If you  are worried about making friends, or don’t have any friends at your school, talking about it to someone can help. Read more advice about friends 

Being bullied? 

Girl being bullied by mobile phoneIf you are being bullied you may feel alone and not know where to turn.  If you are being bullied at school, it can make each day at school difficult and worrying.

No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad, and if you are being bullied you don’t have to put up with it.

You can speak to ChildLine anytime if you are being bullied and want to talk about it. We can help you if you are being bullied at school,outside of school, if you are feeling down or lonely, or if you are havingproblems with friends.

 

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After doing work in school all day, the last thing kids want to do when they get home is to tackle that ever cumbersome task of homework! They will do their school homework because they know they have to but sometimes homework just gets old and annoying! So… it is up to us parents to make sure our children get the education they deserve. Here are some ways to give homework help to the kids.

Start out by making a fun atmosphere. Do you have an easel? Allow your child to use it for math calculations instead of jotting them down on paper. Let your child use the easel to practice handwriting or even make a check list of things for them to do and let them check items off as they do them. A visual technique is often something that will help in more ways than you might think. Just having something that is not “school” related, will encourage them to help them do their homework.

Be involved with the “act” of homework Some kids like to be alone to do their homework, but if they don’t (and even if they do,,, give this a try!) have them do their homework on the dinning room table and YOU sit there with them doing YOUR homework! Pay bills, do your scrapbooking, , do any “sit down” work or activity you have to do. Often, just having someone next to them that is a friendly face, no competition or stress involved, will allow your child to have a clear head from the stress homework often can be and they will be able to do better.

Be your child’s homework helper! If you are “at hand” while your child does their homework, they are more likely to ask questions when they need help. A good way to handle this is to find out what they have done so far or how they got to where they are. First, this will help you to determine where they need help and second, if they repeat what they have done, it will help them remember how they do what they need to do and better secure their learning the topic.

If you have more than one child, have them do their homework together. The older one will be glad (we hope!) to help the younger one and in helping the sibling solve a problem it will increase the older siblings confidence in themselves. “I helped my brother and he did good…I did good too!”. And the younger sibling will be glad that big brother (or sister) helped him out!

For younger kids, actual hands-on is a great way to teach them many things. Instead of sitting there just counting on the paper, give them marbles or spoons or any fun item and let them count those. To practice writing, have them write things that are dear to them… write names of their baby dolls or the names of their cyber heroes. Have them write a letter to grandma or even let them write your grocery shopping list. As they make new letters and spell new words, it will further enforce their writing talent and it was fun… not just a teacher standing up there reciting words for them to write.

For the younger kids, make “home” homework supplies. Get them their favorite cartoon pencils, colorful and specific themed folders and their own stash of writing paper. A brand new box of crayonsand other things they need. Just fill a plastic storage tote with these things to make it exciting for them to start homework at home.

Give them homework breaks. When you are at work, don’t you take a break every now and then to clear your head, get up and stretch and get a drink at the water cooler? Well, let the kids do the same. They get tired of just sitting, same as you do. So let them have a break – take it with them! Both of you (or all of you!) take a walk outside for a few minutes, get a snack, sit and chat for awhile. Then go back to the next subject. A fresh mind is always the best way to start solving a problem!

Got friends? If your children have friends, invite them over for a homework party! Have them all start a homework subject and then rotate their papers to grade each others homework. Not only is it “fun” to grade papers, but they can also learn from others mistakes. Maybe they had the same problem and can learn how their friend figured it out. Or even make suggestions to each other as to how to solve a homework problem they got wrong. Other kids their age being there can encourage them all to work together and that helps the learning process.

So, homework doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be fun …you just have to make it that way! It is a great way to have family time and one on one time with your kids – while they learn and you enjoy being their parent!

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School Kids with Signs

School can be fun, 
School can be boring, 
School bring friends, 
School bring enemies, 
School can bring rules, 
But do you break them.
School brings bullies, 
School brings work, 
School brings cheating, 
School you learn a new thing or two, 
School you try your best, 
School you never give up the test, 
School have teachers you might like or hate, 
School where you meet people new and old.
But education is most important choice of all.
Don’t you agree? 

ZaKyr Davis

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Whether you’re in the mood for an adventure or a peaceful stroll, there are lots of things to do in the woods. Follow the links below to find the perfect activity for you.

If you try any of these activities, we’d love to read about it on our blogs. Simply find a wood to visit, try the activity and then return to the wood’s page to write about it share and your photos.

 

Walking
We’ve found some of the best woods for enjoying a walk in. Check out these downloadable guides and information on woods with way-marked trails.
Kids activities
Keep the kids entertained no matter the weather with these free activities, from spotter sheets to parkour and much more.
Adventure
Woods are the perfect place for adventure lovers and adrenaline junkies. Check out these activities to fire up the imagination and get the blood pumping.
Peace
Get away from the hustle and bustle of modern lives. Getting back to nature with these stress-busting ideas will help you unwind.
Health and fitness
Escape expensive and gyms and get out in to nature’s free gym. These free activities will help you improve your health.
Nature
Learn how to identify trees, plants and animals and watch wildlife with these free nature spotting activities.

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