Whether your child will be going to a new school because you recently moved, they are moving up to middle or high school, or they just need a fresh start somewhere else, it can be very difficult and overwhelming for some children to adjust to an entirely different environment. Not only is the setting unknown, there are also new friends to be made, new subjects to learn and new teachers to get to know.
As the mother of a little boy who has transferred schools many times, I completely understand how difficult this transition can be for some kids. However, there are things you can do before the first day of school to alleviate some of your child's anxiety and stress over starting a new school. Read on to learn 7 tried and true tips to helping your child adjust to a new school -- and breathe easy.
#1: Check it Out
The last thing that you want to do is drop your child off or rush them off to the school bus on the first day without them having ever visited the school. I highly recommend that you take your child to the school well before the first day and spend the afternoon walking around and familiarizing them with the space. Sometimes a school can seem like a huge, scary building from the outside, however when you get inside and start to move around, it feels smaller and more controlled.
#2: Be Open
If your child’s school offers an open house or orientation, make sure that you and your child will be in attendance. Not only is this a great time to find out more about the school, it is a great opportunity for you and your child to get any questions that you have answered. Most importantly, this is a prime time to introduce yourself and your child to other parents and students – which will take us into tip number three.
#3: Make a Date
After you have introduced yourself and your child to other parents and students, get out your cell phone and collect their names and telephone numbers. Then, give them a call and set up a couple of dates to get the children together before the first day of school. This is especially important if you child doesn’t know any of the students at school. The very idea of showing up to school the first day and seeing a familiar face or two will have a huge impact on how your child’s day goes.
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