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11 ways to help your child adjust to a New School !! 

Transitioning to a new school can be exciting but it can also be difficult for kids. Whether it’s your child’s first day of elementary school, their first day of high school, or you’re moving to a new school district, starting a new school can affect a child’s academic performance, social development, and mental state.  Our wish is that your child thrives not just survives. Here are a few things you can do before and during your child’s switching to a new school to help them feel comfortable, and get used to their new environment.

 

  1. Attend the school orientation together and/or arrange for a tour. Older children might appreciate the opportunity to follow their schedule – walking from the bus loop to the locker to each class. Look for school office, bathrooms, cafeteria and auditorium. Younger children might benefit from several visits to the new school.

 

  1. Encourage your child to discuss the future transition by asking questions such as, “What have you been thinking about your new school?” Make a list of your child’s concerns and together try to find answers to the questions. Many schools have internet sites that describe procedures, show virtual tours, and answer common questions. Brainstorm. “Knowledge is the best tool to reduce anxiety and if you can uncover the basis for your child’sconcerns, you will be better prepared to address them,” says Rhona M. Gordon, M.S., SLP/CCC, author of Thinking Organized for Parents and Children.

 

  1. Seek the positive. Find out extracurricular activities, clubs and sports activities are available at the school and locally in your new community. Take your child to the local park, library or summer festivals and encourage them to introduce themselves to kids their age. Young children may need help meeting new friends, but they’ll feel less nervous starting a new school if they see some familiar faces they met over the summer.

 

  1. Find any excuse to socialize.  Throw a “new in town” or housewarming party, this could lead to an opportunity to host a playdate. Socializing on home turf is often easier for kids and socializing one-on-one can be less intimidating than trying to break into a new group, while hosting a party is a great way to ingratiate oneself with a crowd.

 

  1. Stock up on school supplies: Choosing their own backpack, lunchbox, binder or clothes might help your child feel more confident and in control on their first day.

 

 

  1. Let your child know it is natural to feel apprehensive. He or she may be fearful of not being accepted by peers or about mastering the logistics or academics of a new grade or school. Share childhood memories of times when you were worried about a new situation. Relate the good things that happened like how you met your best friend or that your new teacher was one of your favorites. Remind your children about other “firsts” they’ve experienced in their lives and how well they handled it. “Firsts” may include the 1st day of Preppy K or the 1st day of summer camp.  Reminding them of the same feeling of nerves and how quickly it passed will help them lower the apprehension they may have.

 

  1. Do a self-check. Your attitude can help your child. If you are confident in the ability for your child to adjust they too will follow suit.  Attitude is infectious.

 

 

  1. Find any excuse to socialize. Throw a “new in town” or homecoming party, invite someone over for a playdate, or ask if your child wants an early birthday party. Socializing on home turf is often easier for kids and socializing one-on-one can be less intimidating than trying to break into a new group, while hosting a party is a great way to ingratiate oneself with a crowd.

 

  1. Get involved with the school. If you’re able to volunteer in the classroom, you’ll get to know the teacher and your child’s classmates firsthand. Networking with other parents can be a great way to meet other kids, too.

 

  1. Be patient, the 1st few weeks may be difficult, although some who adapt and make friends easily may adjust much more quickly.  If that is not the case with your child, talk to your child’s teacher and the school counselor and work together to come up with solutions.

 

  1. Stick to your routine. If rapid changes have left your child reeling, knowing what’s expected at home can provide a soothing anchor. Consistent evening routine with a reasonable bedtime is important to attitude and overall production during at school. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep.
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