Cures for First-Day Jitters
Brought to you by the American School Counselor Association
Welcome to the first milestone in your child's school career! The same scene is played out on the first day of school across the country: Parents walk toward the school building, holding the hand of their 4-, 5- or 6-year-old. The kids have packs on their backs, and maybe butterflies in their stomachs. For some children, preschool or kindergarten is just a continuation of daycare. Playing and sharing with other kids is nothing new. For others, going to school is their first experience away from home. Prepare your child for this big adventure with 10 tips from school counselors and teachers.
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Review the Route
Both adults and kids alike have trouble with change and starting school is a huge change! You can help your child overcome any fears of the unknown by rehearsing for "opening day."
- As you drive by the school during the summer, take time to review the route from your home. Point out landmarks, familiar houses, and where your kids can stop if they need to.
- Talk about where the crossing guards are, and where kids may have to take extra care (at the end of sidewalks, for example).
- As you walk or drive the route together, ask questions such as, "Where would I turn next if I were going to your school?" This will reassure you that your kids know the way. It will also give your kids practice giving directions.
- Remind your kids where you will be dropping them off and picking them up each day.
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