As parents, we want nothing more than for our children to succeed in school but there is a lot going on for our little ones – grades, activities, peers, etc. Ultimately, it would be nice if our kids could grow up with the same group of peers from pre-K on but life doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes work or family takes our children into a new school district, and this can be hard for some kids to handle.
5 Simple Ideas To Help Ease A Child’s Burden When Transitioning To A New School District:
1. Talk about it. Nothing is scarier to children than venturing into the unknown. Take this time to ask your little one questions about what might be worrying them going into a new school. Then, reassure them that everything will be just fine.
2. Choose new supplies. Before their first day at school, take your child to the store and let them choose a new backpack and their own school supplies. This helps put them in control of the situation so it’s not so overwhelming.
3. Get involved. Your child will most likely be worrying about meeting new people, teachers and children alike. Check with the new school to see if there are any activities your child can get involved with ahead of time, and allow them to meet their teachers and/or tour the school before their first day. This will alleviate the stress of walking into an unknown situation.
4. Test run. A day or two before your child begins their new school, get them up and ready just like it’s the big day (be sure to let them know this is only a trial run). Make your child breakfast, get them ready and drive them to the school so they know what routine to start expecting from there on out.
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5. Get some sleep! Stress can often disrupt sleep patterns in both adults and children, and the last thing your little one needs is for both of you to be tired when the big day comes. Make bedtime a priority for everyone in the home, as being sleepy can affect not only your child’s academic performance but how they interact with their peers, too.
These are some basic tips to help get your child started on transitioning to a new school district, but you know your child best. Try to choose activities, toys and behaviors that are comforting and don’t introduce any new stimuli into the situation until they are well into their new school. Additionally, for children with special needs, ensure they are receiving the special education resources and assistance they deserve. Seeking outside help such as special education tutoring might also help ease their burden, especially if they are unfamiliar with the ways of their new classroom.
As always, your child’s academic performance should be top priority, even if it takes a little bit of work to help them adjust. The school’s teachers, aides and principal can help assist in the areas your child needs work most; don’t be afraid to reach out for any and all resources available.