Children fear moving to a new city, not just for losing contacts with friends but also for facing new people at school. Here’s how to prepare a child for a new school.
Preparing a Child For New School
Here’s what you must do to make your child comfortable at the new school
Check It Out
You must make the efforts to take a look at the new school that your child will be attending – find out his classroom, which teachers are assigned to his section, who the class teacher is. Talk to them and ask them how you should make the transition easy for your child. This might also pave way for any future correspondence between you and the teacher, in case your child lands into problems where your intervention may be required.
Listen To The Little One
Talk to your child about the issues that concern him and actually listen to him. Listening to children gives them the feeling that they are attributed the legitimacy that their feelings deserve. Throw a party for all his friends from the old school and take pictures of each one of them and help your child maintain an album.
Drive your child to school or go with him in the school bus and point out landmarks that you may come across. In fact, it is best to let your child point out anything that he may remember. You could do such kind of mapping inside the school as well and point out the playground, the library, the water cooler, the classroom, the staff room, and so on.
Ask! Inquire! Communicate!
It will do you good to keep communications open not only in terms of what is being taught in school but also as to whether your child has been able to make any friends, whether he or she is facing any issues with anyone, even whether someone is causing them trouble or bullying them. Give their issues importance and give them the opportunity to trust you with their feelings.
Some school teachers, especially male teachers have a habit of rubbing a child the wrong way – they may openly poke fun at, abuse as well as hit children; and if your child is well into teenage or adolescence, this kind of behavior could lead to serious long term issues, if not addressed in time. In such cases, you will have to talk directly to the teacher concerned and not just the class teacher.
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