It’s like entering a new world full of unfamiliar adults, kids, rules and surroundings. Here are some ways to make the transition easier:
Visit the school ahead of time. Show your child around and introduce him to his teacher, if possible.
Read books about school. Ask your librarian to recommend some that are comforting.
Describe your first day of school. If you were afraid, remind your child that this feeling didn’t last long.
Watch older kids get on the school bus. Point out those who are laughing and having fun.
Talk about the neat things to do at school, such as listening to stories and playing games.
Meet children who will be in your child’s class. The school may be able to help with this.
Do something special on the first day of school, such as letting your child wear a new outfit.
Be encouraging. Don’t say things like, “I’m so sad. I wish you were staying home!”
If necessary, stay with your child briefly at school. Or leave him at school for a short time, then gradually increase how long he’s there.
After school, ask about your child’s day. Show how excited and interested you are.
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