Moving to a new home can be especially challenging for a child transitioning into a new school district. When your child starts at a new school it is important to tackle problems early. Here are some tips to best prepare your student for starting at a new school.
- Create a schedule: Get your child into a set schedule early. During the end of the summer, promote a regular sleep schedule and start turning off the TV. Encourage reading, puzzles and looking at flash cards to get your child into the routine of learning.
- Include your child in the process: Make your child feel included throughout the entire process. Visit their new school before the first day and bring them along to orientation. Allowing them to see and tour classrooms in advance can put some of their fears to ease.
- Look for opportunities to get involved: Network with other parents in the area and volunteer in the classroom or at the school during the first year. Knowing that you’re close can help your child to relax and get more out of learning.
- Encourage after-school activities: Encourage your child to participate in at least one or two extracurricular activities. This will help them meet new friends and stay busy. Research possible opportunities and discuss with your child what best fits their interests before the school year begins.
- Prepare for emergencies: Make sure to have an emergency contact in your new location, and make sure the school has copies of all important documents such as health and allergy information.