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IS YOUR CHILD STARTING SCHOOL? - HELPFUL TIPS Featured

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A new school year can make young children nervous, especially if they are entering a new environment. Whether they are starting preschool, kindergarten or first grade, some children may be worried about the new setting and the new experience, and there are things that parents and families can do to help their children make a successful transition.

We also have to be patient with them especially when your child is going through a transition.

  • First, discuss the changes that will be taking place with your child. Before the new school year begins, talk with your child about the changes in his daily routine. To make it fun, together you could make a chart illustrated with photographs or pictures of the new morning schedule. Encourage him to describe how he feels about starting a new program or school and try to ease his fears. He may be nervous about new challenges and social interactions at school. Reading and discussing books is a great way to make him comfortable with a new experience. It helps him see how other children beginning school have similar feelings of uncertainty and how they overcome them.
  • In the days and weeks before school starts, help your child ease into the new environment and adjust to the new routine. Arrange to visit the school and classroom with your child, and, if possible, meet his/ her teacher. This will help your child become comfortable in his new environment while you are with him. Have him start his school-year bed time and morning routine a few days early. This may prevent him from being confused, groggy, or cranky on the first day of school.
  • As school gets closer, your child can help get ready for the first day. Let him lay out his clothes or pack a back pack for the first day. If possible, arrive at the new school early on the first few days to give him time to settle in. Always say good-bye, and let him know you will see him at the end of the day. Your child will have an easier time with separation if he's confident you will return to pick him up. However, working moms do not have such luxury, to make up for this make out time for your kids as often as you can. Arrange play dates at a fun place, something you know your kid will love, read bedtime stories to your child and more.

Problems may arise during the first few days of school, even with appropriate preparation, so be ready to handle them in a matter-of-fact way. Approach the new year with confidence, and your child will, too. Take time to make sure your child adapts to his new environment, clearly explain the changes around him, and listen if he has doubts or fears.

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