Wee Girl starts school in September, and I almost can’t believe it. She still feels like my baby girl, and it’s so strange to think that I’m going to be joining the ranks of school parents, waving her off every morning for what feels like most of the year.
She will be going to a unit for children with autism in a mainstream school, something which I feel very strongly is the best option for her. She will have access to mainstream classes when appropriate, but also the safety net of the unit if it all gets a bit much for her. Overall the school has a happy and positive vibe, and I believe they are motivated to work towards becoming a centre of excellence for teaching children with autism.
In short, I think we lucked out.
But what I’ve written skirts around what to me is a massive problem. I am incredibly, unbelievably disorganised, and on top of that I WORRY about not having everything organised. It’s not a good combination, believe me. Because Wee Girl is our eldest, we’ve never done anything like this and I think it’s fair to say I have no clue what I’m meant to be doing. No clue.
We have some of her uniform bought, the main bits, but no shoes yet. Or the shorts and t-shirts for her P.E. kit. Or any stationery. And just because I HAVE bought something doesn’t mean that I’ll be able to find it because the house is so cluttered and–
Well, let’s just say panic is starting to set in. How has August managed to go by so quickly?
But help is at hand:
Click here to print the back to school checklist
It’s an incredibly useful checklist that you can work through with your kids to make sure they have everything they need to start school. It even has a space where you can add any extras that they might need. So handy. Just looking at it is causing my rising tide of panic to subside, and I can see us using this in the many years to come. Because something tells me I’m not going to become organised overnight.
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