10 Ways you can introduce kids to a New School

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Before a child begins school, parents probably spend a lot of time wondering how to help their children adjust to the unknown. Unfortunately, it is a fact that going from home to school is an adjustment for most children.   The following are some ways to help your child have fun at school and ease the transition into the world of education.

1) Involve Your Child in the School Year’s Activities from Sports to Clubs

If your child is already involved in some activities, making new friends will be easier for them. If they are not involved in school yet but will be soon, start encouraging them early to get involved with sports or clubs. This gives children a chance to meet new people outside of the school setting, such as coaches and club leaders.

2) Talk about the New School Year with Your Child

Making going to a new school sound like a positive thing. Although it will also be an adjustment for you, your child will face the biggest challenge of all since they are at a vulnerable age where changes can be a struggle. The more you can make it sound like a positive experience, the better they will feel about it.

3) Address Fears and Stressful Feelings with Honesty

It is essential to address your child’s fears and worries before school starts. Ask them what their biggest fear is, and tell them yours too. Being honest with your child is very important because it lets them know that you are not the only one who is nervous about starting school.

4) Prepare Your Child for School with Play-Doh, Puppets, and Journals

When children use their imaginations to learn new things, they have fun while exploring different areas of knowledge. Play-doh can be used to represent the letters of the alphabet, and by pressing it on a specific letter, they can hear you say the sound that letter makes. Puppets can also help children learn about the school. If your child is nervous about starting school, bring their favorite puppet on the first day and ask them what they think about seeing new teachers and learning under their supervision.

5) Talk about How Your Child’s Teacher Will Make Them Feel Safe and Happy

The best approach is making new people sound fun, not scary. If your child has a long day ahead of them on the bus or in class, it is essential that they feel excited about Heritage school rather than dreading it.

6) Create a Bond with Your Child’s Teacher

Ideally, your child will have the chance to meet their teacher before school starts. If not, talk with them about their teacher and how they can get along when school starts. Ask them what questions they have for their new teacher before the first day of school so you can be prepared to answer anything they might ask.

7) Arrange a Meeting between Your Child and Their Teacher

If you have the chance, meet with your child’s teacher before school starts. It is essential that both of you feel comfortable with each other, and this way, there will be no surprises on the first day of school. Let your child’s teacher know about your child’s likes and dislikes, their unique abilities, and anything else you think they need to know.

8) Find Out About Your Child’s Bus Routes Before It Gets Too Close to the First Day of School

If your child is riding a bus for the first time or just a new route, your child should know a little about the bus before they get on it. Ask other students who ride the same bus, and let your child have some time to become familiar with how the bus looks from the inside out.

9) Check that Your Child Got Off at the Right Stop after Riding a Bus for the First Time

Going through this experience with your child is an excellent way to ease them into the new school year. When they get on and off the bus at their first stop, stay nearby so you can help if they feel nervous or scared about leaving the bus and walking to class.

10) Offer Your Child Some Rewards for Going to School

It may sound counter-intuitive, but it is a good idea to offer your child some reward for going to school. At the end of their first week or first month at school, give them something they want, such as an outing with you and your partner or a trip to their favorite restaurant. Don’t do this too often because it will become expected.

Conclusion

It may be difficult for you and your child to adjust to a new school, but as long as you are both open and honest about what is happening at the heritage school, the transition into a new environment should be more accessible. Make sure that your child knows that they can ask questions and talk about their feelings without getting in trouble.

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