Preparing for the first Day At School

 

After three years of staying with you all the time, your child now is going to be alone most part of the day. Your worry is understandable. “But he will cry!” is that what you said? Well, there is no foolproof method of ensuring no tears on the first day of school, however, you as a parent can make life easier for your child. The key to it lies in trying to mould your child’s mind and prepare him for the forthcoming days.

 

●     Arrange for your child to visit the school before the first day. Take your child around the school premises and get him or her familiarized with the place. Ask the school authorities when you may take your child to the classroom. Show him around. Make sure he is familiar with the equipments around.

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●     Talk together and discuss what he saw at school. Ask him what he liked. You could play games, which he might play at school.

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●     Make sure that the teacher and the child have a meeting before the D-day, just so that the child feels some kind of familiarity.

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●     Ask your child which special toy he or she would like to carry to school. His favorite teddy bear or her favorite doll would definitely make him feel at ease in an unfamiliar place. Make sure the school rules permit the child carrying toys with him or her.

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●     Before he goes to school, take him shopping. Buy him attractive school bags, water bottles, pencils, erasers and the works. Get him excited for school.

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●     If possible get the name and address of at least one other student who would be your child’s classmate. Perhaps a meeting could be arranged between the two before school begins so that there is a ‘friend’ for both of them at school.

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●     Practice getting up a little early, getting ready and leaving for school. Don’t rush things on the first day.

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●     If you are sending snacks or lunch with your kid, send a special note, which the teacher might read out, to him.

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●     Make sure your child knows who would pick him up from school. And please ensure your are at the destination on time. Try not to let your child panic.

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Once the goodbyes are said, do not peep through the window. Remember the class is full of first timers.