Preparing a your for school can be tricky and it is not always the easiest thing to do especially if they are leaving home for the first time or going away to a boarding house. Every child is hesitant to go somewhere new and see people they’ve never met before.Getting used to the change can be difficult for some young people and first-day jitters can be hard to overcome.
Here are some helpful ways to prepare your child for her first day of school
- Let your child know what his schedule will be like. Tell her what time school begins and ends each day.
- Involve your child in getting their books, uniform organised well in advance of their start date, so they feel reassured and don’t have to worry.
- Ask your child about her feelings — both the excitement and the concerns — about starting school.
- Visit the school with your child to see his new classroom and meet his new teacher before school officially starts.
- Point out the positive aspects of starting school. It will be fun and she can make new friends.
- Let your child know that all kids are nervous about the first day of school.
- Leave a note in your child’s lunchbox that will remind him you’re thinking of him while he’s at school.
- Reassure your child that if any problems arise at school, you will be there to help resolve them.
- Try to have your child meet a classmate before the first day of school so she will already have a friend when school starts.
- Arrange for your child to walk to school or ride together on the bus with another kid in the neighborhood.10. Find out about after-school activities that your child can join. Will there be a back-to-school party? Can she join a sports team.
- Be clear about who your child should contact and what you expect them to do in an emergency. Be calm and matter-of-fact about issues such as crossing major roads on their own or catching public transport if you are unable to arrange a lift for them.