Talk to your child about the reason for the change in schools. Be sensitive to his or her feelings of fear, sadness or anger related to leaving the old school and friends behind.
Make sure your child is registered early and make sure to communicate with the school to determine any special needs such as dress code, lunch options/fees, study material, activity sign-up deadlines, before and after school care, etc. so that your child is prepared to handle the first day of school.
Dress for Success
For a little confidence booster, take your child shopping for a new first-day outfit and let him or her help in selecting the pieces. Also include your child in selecting a cool backpack, lunchbox or other supplies.
Have a conversation with your child about his or her feelings about making to friends and offer tips on how to make introductions. Share your own experiences. Highlight the fun things like play dates and sleepovers.
Make sure you get your kids to school on time. Walking in late can be embarrassing for your child. For older children, make sure they understand how important it is to make it to all classes on time.
Get to know the parents of your children’s classmates and introduce yourself to teachers. Volunteer for school activities such as bake sales or dances. Getting to know your child’s environment can make it easier for you to support your child socially.
If possible, arrange for a tour of the school so that your child knows how to find classes, the gym, the office, lockers, pick-up/drop-off locations, etc.
Help your child get involved in whatever clubs, sports or activities he or she has enjoyed in the past. You and your child may consider trying something new. It’s a great way to make new friends and expand your child’s experiences.
Make arrangements to meet the principal or other administrator to discuss any concerns or special needs such as medications, health issues, etc. so that the school is prepared to support your child if necessary.
With a little homework and communication, you can help your child enjoy a happy and successful new school year.
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