How to Help Your Child Settle in a New Classroom
Moving up into a new classroom is an exciting time filled with fun, new opportunities. However, it can be difficult to make new friends, get to know new teachers, and settle into a new environment. Sometimes these transitions can be a little scary for parents and children alike.
The following tips will help both of you settle into the new school year:
Visit the New Classroom and Meet the Teacher Ahead of Time
Whether or not your kid is moving to a new school, entering a new grade with a new room and teacher can make a child nervous. Many schools host informal events before the school year starts so that students can tour their classrooms and talk to their teachers. If your school offers this, make sure to attend with your child.
Establish a Routine at Home
After three months of sleeping in, staying up late, and enjoying a lot of unstructured time around the house, it can be tough to get back into the school schedule. The sooner that you establish a new schedule, the easier it will be for your child to adjust to the new routine.
Accompany Your Child on the First Day
Take your child to the school on the first day so that you can meet their new teachers and help them find their way around. This also reassures your child that you are here to support them and are excited for their first day back also!
Communicate with Your Child
Kids should feel comfortable going home and discussing what happened at school with their parents. From sharing a funny joke that another child told on the playground to expressing anxiety about an upcoming field trip, let your kids know that you're here to listen. Give them your undivided attention during these discussions.
Encourage Involvement in Extra-Curricular Activities
Help your child get involved in extra-curricular activities at the school. Check the classes and events that match their interest and let them participate. Attending after-school activities and clubs are also a great way to make new friends.
Give your child the time they need to adjust and settle into their new school year.
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