You want to make your child’s first experiences at school positive ones. Here are some tips to help your child with the transition:
Introduce some time away from your child’s caregivers. For example, begin with story-hour at the local library.
Discover the route to and from school. Practice the route several times to build your child’s confidence and establish safety-conscious routines.
Discuss personal safety, busing and block parents.
Raise concerns related to faith and culture with the school’s staff.
Help your child build a positive attitude to school. Find out the teacher’s name and use it when discussing school activities.
Use a calendar throughout the year. Circle the day on which school begins, and other dates important to your child.
Visit the school at every opportunity. Take advantage of open houses, interviews and registration to make the transition easier on yourself as well.