Before School Starts
Things To Remember
- Set a routine for waking, eating breakfast, dressing, going to bed, and sleeping. Practice waking up early the week before school begins.
- Help your child express feelings (happy, scared, sad, etc.) to let you know how he/she feels about going to school.
- Take your child to visit the new school. Show your child the route to take from the classroom to the cafeteria, to the bathroom, etc.
- Remind your child that people at the school know how to get in touch with you and that someone in the office has your emergency numbers.
- Visit the park/playground at your child’s school.
- Feel confident about your school choice and let your child know how you feel.
- Set up a meeting with the school principal to ask any questions that you may have.
- Shop for practical clothing that your child can manage alone.
- Make sure that transportation plans to and from school are clear to your child.
After School Starts
- Communicate with your child’s teacher (ask questions about lunch procedures, rest times, routines, etc., and tell your child).
- Try to be accessible, helpful, and available to your child’s teacher.
- If you have concerns, talk to your child’s teacher.
- Try to have a calm start to each day.
- Ensure that your child gets plenty of rest. Children ages 5 to 12 need eleven to twelve hours of sleep a night.
- Help empower your child. On the first day of school, allow your child to pick out his/her own clothes, lunch box, and backpack. Let your child decide what to have for lunch.
Things To Remember
- Your child may be emotionally and physically exhausted for the first six weeks. Allow time for your child to adjust.
- Help your child learn the new rules at school and reassure that it is acceptable to make a mistake.
- Ask open-ended questions about their school day. What was the best thing about school today? Who did you play with on the playground today?Remember, even though you are eager to hear about the day, your conversations will be more productive if you wait until your child is ready to share the day with you.