Preparing Your Child For The School Experience
Starting school may appear a difficult stage in the life of many children. Many young children are anxious about this new experience, since they have to be with new people instead of being with their families. Parents, then, should help to prepare their children for the first day of school.
First of all, parents should talk to their children in a positive way about school. At the same time, they have to monitor their responses to identify any anxiety, fear or confusion. They should provide their children with the information they might need concerning, for instance, the schedule, the new routine, school time, the teachers and so on. Parents should preferably visit the school with their children before the school starts officially.
Parents should also encourage their children to talk about their feelings and whether they are excited about starting school or not. If they find out that their children are reluctant or nervous about the first day of school, they will have to point out the positive aspects of starting school in an enthusiastic and a meaningful way, such as having fun with new friends. Parents should also reassure their children that they will be always thinking of them while they are at school. Children will surely like school if parents talk to them about the different activities they will be doing and enjoying. Another good way for children to enjoy going to school is reading for them books, especially ones talking about starting school.
It will be a good idea if the school cooperates with parents and arranges a play date for all the children, so that they can have fun, socialize and build friendships before starting school. It will be also a good opportunity for parents to get to know each other and develop supportive relationships.
Finally, parents should set up a routine to help their children to become responsible for the organization of their time. This will enable them to do their school work, and sleep and wake up in time without any problems. They should also learn new skills, such as how to use school toilets, how to organize their backpacks, how to take on and off their shoes, and how to wear the school uniform.