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10 Tips for a Great First Day of School!

 First day of School

 

Many children are jittery on the first day of school. Listed are ways to prepare your child for the big day!

 

-Read books about school.

 

-Talk to other children about school, especially siblings or neighborhood

friends. These “experts” can help answer any questions your child might ask.

 

-Visit the school and the classroom prior to the first day.

 

-Introduce your child to the new teacher before the first day of school.

 

-Use structure to foster independence.

 

*Establish a regular bedtime at least two weeks before the start of

school.

 

*Establish an unhurried morning routine to help your child get ready-

and feel ready-to take on the school day.

 

-Practice the school drop-off and pick-up procedure with your child.

 

-Play school! Role play imagined school scenes, such as asking restroom

permission or walking quietly in the hall.

 

-Transitional objects encourage and support the child through the school day.

 

*Select school supplies together, such as backpacks or lunchboxes.

 

*Place a family photo or special note inside your child’s lunchbox.

 

-Plan to say good-bye quickly. Children are quick to “pick up” signs of

hesitation by parents and may become upset. MAKE THE SEPARATION CLEAN.”

 

-Take a short time out at the end of the day and discuss your child’s big

adventure!

 

Congratulations! You made it through Day One!

 

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