Going back to school can be a bit stressful, for both parents and children. If you are going to a new school, this will be even more stressful, but don’t panic! There are several things you can do to make the whole thing easier.
Here are some tips to get you ready for the first day at your new school.
- See if your new school has an online map. Print it and keep it in your school bag, until you get used to your new surroundings.
- Pack your things one day before school starts: all forms and documents that were sent to your home address during the summer, your class schedules, immunization records, notebooks and pencils should be ready.
- Wear your favorite clothes. This will make you feel more relaxed. Do not pay too much attention to who’s wearing what. It is important to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing.
- Many kids feel anxious, excited or scared. Senior students are usually happy to see their friends, but new kids are often worried or tense. It’s normal to be a bit nervous on your first day, but you will be fine in a few days! You just need some time to get used to your new environment and your new teachers.
- It is important to listen to your teachers and take notes. Memorizing things can be a bit difficult if you are nervous.
- It is important to have a positive attitude. Everything will be fine! You are not alone! There are other new kids at your school! If you have any problem, you can always talk to your parents.
- Be positive. Talk to your kid about the positive aspects of going back to school. He will meet many new friends and see the old ones. He probably has his favorite teachers (and favorite classes), so don’t forget to mention them, too.
- Do some shopping with your kid. Let him pick out his new school bag, notebooks and pencils.
- Don’t make a big deal out of it! If you seem nervous, your kid will be nervous, too.
- Review the material mailed to your address by the school to find out about your kid’s class schedule, after-school activities, bus transportation, teachers, etc.
- Buy school supplies in time. This should be done at least one week before school starts.
- You’ll have to re-establish the mealtime and bedtime routines. You should do this at least two weeks before school starts. This will be enough time for your child to get used to the new regime.
- If your child is still very young, or he is going to a new school, visit the school with him. Meet the teachers and locate his classroom, lunchroom and gymnasium. This will relieve pre-school stress.