How to transition into elementary school

Are you the proud parents of a kindergartner or elementary student?

Time away from parents can be especially hard even if children have been away from their parents for a long period. A school is a new place, with new people, kids they do not know, they are just little tiny people in a big crowd. Children get scared and overwhelmed quite quickly, however, if you follow some of these helpful tips will help those first-day jitters!

Visit the school and attend open house

Open house is the perfect chance for your child to meet their new teacher and their classroom. Be sure to ask questions about the dismissal process, what happens if they get lost, are there lots of aides, etc. If you missed open house or moving into a new district contact the new school and see if they can schedule a walkthrough for you.

Meet with teachers and other important people

This one kind of goes with attending open house and/or visiting the school. Meeting with your child’s teachers can give you a chance to inform them about any medication they may take, food allergies, etc. As the first-week paperwork comes in these things are important to discuss before school to make the teacher and those who help assist alert on anything that may hinder your child’s learning.

Be excited for them

If you have young children who are just starting school show your excitement to them. If you get them excited they will start to feel it too. Explain that school is important because we must learn new things and meet new friends. Don’t forget to let them know they will have lots of fun and learn about new things.

Eat breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should never be missed. Breakfast gets your brain started and when you have a filling breakfast helps you concentrate more on your work and not worrying about when’s lunch. Younger children especially do a lot of running around and playing so they will burn calories faster so having breakfast will give them that energy to do so.

Keep the goodbye brief

The first day of school can be especially hard for both the child and the parents. It’s bittersweet to know that your baby is growing up and you’ll want to walk with them to their class each day but it’s also important to give your child some independence. Longer goodbyes are okay for the first day but by day 3 they should be okay to navigate themselves to their classrooms.

At my kid’s schools, they strongly urge parents by the third day of school that children are okay to walk to their classrooms alone. In my school particularly, they have teachers and aides at every entrance and down every hallway to help kids find their classrooms just in case they get lost.

Create a daily routine

Start a school day routine and stick to it every day. You should know how long it takes your child to get dressed, eat, etc so be sure to allow for the time needed and extra time for those slow movers. I get my kids up at least a half-hour before they have to go out the door it allows for time to get dressed, eat, pack a lunch/snack, etc

Attend conferences

The main point of a conference is for your child’s teacher is to keep you updated on their progress. It’s important to know what they are learning and if there are problem areas so you can work on those areas at home to improve them before the next quarter.

Keep in contact with your child’s teacher

One of the most important things you can give your child’s teacher is your email address. We’re constantly connected to our phones and can check emails frequently so it’s become a quick and easy way to get in touch with parents or teachers without having to call. Teachers check their emails multiple times a day and will respond faster than a phone call or a note home. Your child’s teacher may also use an app like Remind or Class Dojo which makes communication easier and with built-in safety features you won’t have to worry about strangers having access to what your child is doing.



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