How to handle first day of school anxiety

Written by Sienna Smith on . Posted in Early Learning
First day of school tips

Easing First day at School Jitters
Entering the big doors of a school building for the very first time and seeing hundreds of unfamiliar faces can be scary for a child. But, it is a part of life, and something that must be done. There are many things that you can, and you should do to help ease the fears of your child while making this major life-changing alteration.  Little ones can get the butterflies, too, and have fear and anxiety. As big as starting school is, you can certainly understand the worries. After all, you were there once! Take a look at a few of the things that you can do to help your child prepare for this big change. These things can help ease fears and make it easier to go to school those first weeks.

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Play School
Playing school with your child is a great way to prepare your child for this new venture in their life. You can use a round table with chairs, teddy bears and baby dolls to make a school. Explain to your child what you are doing, and practice important manners such as raising your hand to speak as you go along. They’ll love this special play time with you, and it can certainly help them be better prepared for school.

Rehearse the Routes
If your child will be riding a bus it is important that they know where they live, including the physical address of the home. They should also know their phone number. If you are driving them to school, point out landmarks along the way, such as familiar places and houses. Teach your children about crossing guards and how they can use them. And, of course, if they are walking alone or with a group (even for a short distance) teach your little one the importance of stranger danger.

Visit the School and the Teacher ahead of time
Call the school and arrange to give your child a tour of the school and to meet the teacher. It will be much easier for your child to open up to the teacher and feel comfortable and you will feel much better yourself. This will also give each of you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the school, including the cafeteria, bathrooms and of course directions to the classroom.

Clothes & Supplies
Make sure that you take your child along with you to shop for school clothing. They’ll love picking out what they’ll be wearing, and can be sure they get the styles that are popular for their age as well as the things they like.  Ensure the clothing is also kid-friendly, such as Velcro straps and enclosures. Ensure that school uniforms are not required at the school your child will be attending before purchasing clothing. Let them help choose the backpack and supplies, too. Make sure that you know the supplies they need. You can extend your budget by shopping after labor day when there are generally bigger sales and discounts.

Set the Clock
Getting up early may be something that you already do, however getting into the routine of going to school just isn’t the same. At least two weeks before the first day of school start setting the alarm and helps your child be prepared to get up and get ready. This will make things so much smoother as you each transition into going to school.  

Good luck and have a great first day of school!


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