Moving up into a new classroom is an exciting time filled with fun, new opportunities. However, sometimes these transitions can be a little scary for parents and children alike. The following tips will help both of you settle into the new school year as smoothly as possible:
Visit the new classroom and meet the teacher ahead of time
Whether or not your kid is moving to a new school, entering a new grade with a new room and teacher can make a child nervous. Many schools host back to school nights or other informal events before the school year starts so that students can tour their classrooms and talk to their teachers. If your school offers one of these nights, make sure to attend with your child.
Establish a routine at home
After three months of sleeping in, staying up late, and enjoying a lot of unstructured time around the house, it can be tough to get back into the school schedule. The sooner that you start moving back into this schedule, the easier it will be for your child to adjust to the new routine.
Communicate with your child
Kids should feel comfortable going home and discussing what happened at school with their parents. From sharing a funny joke that another child told on the playground to expressing anxiety about an upcoming field trip, let kids know that you’re here to listen. Give them your undivided attention during these discussions.
First School teachers are dedicated to being there for families every step of the way with their kids’ education. Our child care programs provide the best care possible for children while giving parents the support and resources that they need. To learn more about our child care programs, visit our website or give us a call at 760-799-2910.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care Programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.