The beginning of every academic year is an interesting yet challenging phase for our teachers as they deal with students and parents going through the anxiety of starting school. Here are some interesting inputs from Ms. Aarthi.V.B, teacher at Ekya School JP Nagar, on how to make this experience a little more comfortable and enjoyable for the little ones.
Starting school can be a difficult time for children and parents. Every child is hesitant to go somewhere new and see people they have never met before. The start of school is often anticipated with great excitement but also with lots of crying. The main source of anxiety for the children is that they have absolutely no idea what to expect. They have mostly spent their time with family members or known people learning the rules of their family. They are completely unfamiliar with the rules and routines of the school. For parents, separation anxiety and worrying that their child will feel abandoned are the primary concerns.
So how can we make a smooth transition for you? How can you and your child integrate into the school environment?
A great way would be to prepare the child and yourself months ahead of the start of schooling. Having positive discussions about school and encouraging your child to become independent will have a huge influence on them. It will help them adjust to the new environment. Assure your child that school is a safe place and people around are keen to help them in all possible ways. This is also a good time to focus on your child’s communication skills by giving them small tasks and playing “make believe school games.”
Here are some helpful ways to prepare your child for the first day at school:
- Kids can pick up on your mood, so if you’re nervous and anxious when you drop off your child, he/she will likely take on your attitude. Remain calm and positive, even if you don’t feel cheerful.
- Keep your goodbyes happy, short and sweet.
- Remind them that you will always return and that there are people at school to keep them safe.
- Once you’ve left your child, resist the temptation to go back to check and refrain from calling the school every hour.
- Reassure your child that if any problem arises at school, you will be there to help resolve them.
- Assure your child that the school will conduct fun activities and they would make many friends.
- When you pick your child up at the end of the day, reinforce the idea that you came back, just like you said you would.
- Try to have your child meet a classmate before the first day of school so that they will already have a friend when school starts.
- Come up with a mantra such as, “This is the best place for my child” to remind you of why being apart is good for both you and your child. Then, keep repeating it as often as you need it!
- Always stay involved with the school by attending open houses and other school events. It shows your commitment towards your child. Remember, the child will like school as much as you do.
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