Kids grow up so quickly, and before you know it, yours will be going to school for the first time. This transition can be hard on your child for a lot of reasons. Being away from you for several hours a day, having to get along with other kids, and being in an unfamiliar environment can all be factors. However, there are plenty of things you can do to put them at ease and help them feel more comfortable with going to school.
Here are a few ways to prepare young kids for elementary school:
- Visit the School Before the First Day- Taking your kids to their elementary school to see their classroom and meet their teacher beforehand will make the environment less foreign to them on their first day. It will probably even get them excited about going to school. So, if you can make it, don’t skip orientation.
- Talk to Them About School- This might seem obvious, but simply talking to your kids about school might help them feel less anxious. You could start by reading books about school with them and asking them questions. Once you’re talking about it together, acknowledge their feelings. If they’re scared, ask why and then let them know it’s okay to be nervous.
- Get Into a Routine a Few Weeks Before- If your kids aren’t in the habit of going to bed at a certain time or getting dressed in the morning, start getting them into that routine early so they’ll be prepared for their first day.
If you’re interested in enrolling your young child in a local Christian school instead of a public elementary school, we offer k-12 education at Tabernacle Christian School. Apply today or contact us to learn more.