The school year is gearing up and many little ones are finding themselves in a new environment. Maybe your 5-year-old is starting Kindergarten and they aren’t quite sure what to expect going from playing most of the day to organized learning. Perhaps, you moved over the summer, and now you’re in a new district. Regardless of your situation, starting new schools can be both scary and exciting for kids. Depending on their age and how many friends were left behind can heavily weigh in on how quickly they adjust. Here are a few things you can do to help your kids adjust to a this new school this year.
Ensuring You Picked the Right District
As a parent, we always want the best for our kids. That’s why it so important to do some research prior to selecting a school district for your child. Here in Possum Kingdom, Texas, our kids attend either Graham ISD or Graford ISD. Both school districts met the 2019 TEA standards on student achievement, student progress, closing performance gap, and post secondary readiness. For a school district to meet the standard, they must meet target performance ratings on three of the four indexes.
Limit Changes by Sticking to a Routine
It’s no secret that children crave structure. The more you can keep things the same, they better off they will. Continue to get up at the same time or eat breakfast at the same time. Maybe you have a special way that you drop them off in the morning, keep that routine the same as much as possible. While some adjustments may have to be made, like now you have to drop-off in the drop-off line instead of walking them to the front door, if you always hug goodbye or wave, do it from the car. It’ll show the child that while they may be in a new place, they can still count on you to be back because you did something that they are familiar with.
Tour the School
Most schools now offer a meet the teacher prior to the school year starting. This is a great opportunity to let your child get familiar with some new friends and see where they’ll be spending the day. If the school allows you, take a full tour to see where they’ll be learning music, playing in PE, or being creative in art class. Let your child see you excited by pointing out murals on the wall or tell them what a big boy or girl they’ll be when they walk through their new cafeteria line. The more at ease you are, the easier the transition will be.
Find a Friend
If you do have the opportunity to meet some of the students in your child’s class ahead of time, encourage them to go find a friend and invite the child over for a play-date. When a child can go into their class knowing that they already have a friend to sit with or play with, the thought of ‘what if no one likes me’ won’t creep into their thoughts. For those with older children, encourage them to go down to the park to see if any kids their age are hanging out or scout some of the local hangouts in your area for kids their age. It’s also a good idea if your children are in sports, look up ahead of time when try-outs are that way there isn’t a risk of your child missing out on playing their favorite sport or making the cheer squad.