They'll be too tired for a Friday class ... won't they?
This month is a special one for the thousands upon thousands of parents with little ones starting school for the very first time.
We asked SIUD team member, and mum of two, Konica to share her experiences so far.
As a mum of a wee boy who started P1 last year I know that this time of year is full of mixed emotions.
Excitement about the adventure that lies ahead for your wee one and disbelief that they’re about to start school – where did those 5 years go!
Panic about all of the things that they need for school. Have you ordered enough uniform? Did you book the shoe fitting appointment too near the start of term and what happens if they’ve run out of shoes in their size? Indoor PE kit, outdoor PE kit what else do you need to buy?
There’s also the worry about how they’ll cope at school. Will they be ok carrying their lunch tray without dropping it? Will they be really tired after school?
One of things I was concerned about was how he would get through the long school day.
Would he be absolutely exhausted by the end of the day never mind the end of the week?
As it turns out my perception of tiredness come Friday was unfounded. Yes, on a Friday he came home from school had his lunch, a little sit down but after that was then raring to go!
In P1 the focus is on school, settling them in and getting them into a routine but once that’s established, it’s business as usual - for them anyway.
We quickly found that after school he often needed something extra - a structured activity. Given we’re both working parents but I have a Friday off, a Friday afternoon was the perfect time for him to try out a new class. As it turns out most of his P1’s friends were the same. Friday afternoons seems to be the time, if it was feasible, when they all ended up doing extra curricular classes.
There’s lots of research around on the benefits of extra-curricular activities for children. From allowing children to discover talents they didn’t know they had, to enabling them to try something new outside of the school environment. From building up their confidence in a different way to giving them to opportunity socialise with new people. The list goes on.
For me, as a mum of two, when choosing an extracurricular class, additional considerations such as timings and logistics were also important. Having somewhere that my younger one could play, watch her older brother and eventually join in classes (meaning I could get 40 mins peace!) was also important to me.
We offer classes during the week after school, but also have a brand new Friday Hub where we will be running afternoon classes starting at 2.30pm at North Merchiston Club in the Polwarth area.
Divided by age group there are family classes for children aged 18m+ as well as classes specifically for P1 – P7 children.
Located at the end of Watson Crescent, the club has a café, on-street parking and is adjacent to a playpark so is absolutely perfect if you’ve another little one to entertain whist class is on. And if you haven’t, well grab a seat and some alone time!
So if, like Konica, you’re looking for a class on a Friday afternoon that keeps your little ones happy and healthy but doesn’t mean you spend your afternoon rushing about, then have a look at our class timetable. Trials are available so you can see if the timings, venue and logistics work for you all before committing to a monthly subscription. This way your little one can try out our class to see if they enjoy it (although we’re confident they will!).